HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - In the upcoming primary election, voters in Houston and Henry County will have two candidates to choose from for the District 85 State Representative seat.
Incumbent Dexter Grimsley will face Dr. Earl Jones. Rep. Grimsley was elected to the House in 2010 and has also served as the chief juvenile probation officer for Henry County. Grimsley says he wants to continue the work already started during his time in office – like continuing to find jobs for Alabamians and creating better schools for students.
"We want to make sure we have an opportunity for each child – especially on the pre-k level – to help our young children grow," Grimsley said. "The best way to level the playing field is to make sure we're all equal."
Grimsley says he plans to work collaboratively to create change.
"I'm willing to work with anybody and go to any level to make sure we support the citizens of the state of Alabama and give people an opportunity to live and thrive in this state," he said.
Dr. Earl Jones is former instructor at Wallace Community College and currently runs a mental health and substance abuse center in Dothan. Jones says his background of service has given him insight to what his constituents need in a representative.
"I'm a citizen and very much concerned about the district and the future," said Jones. "Mental health, schools in this district are suffering, veteran issues are of the highest concern."
Jones says those are issues he believes should be addressed in the district. He says if elected, he plans to meet quarterly with people in the district to discuss concerns.
"I want to be the voice for the people rather than carry my ideas," he said. "I'm very much into that. As a representative, I come to you and flush out what are the true needs of the community."
The primary election is June 5. There are no republican candidates running for this position.