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Ford, Warren battle for District 82 House seat

Campaign flyers for both Ford and Warren can be found throughout the district. Voters head to...
Campaign flyers for both Ford and Warren can be found throughout the district. Voters head to the polls on July 17 for a runoff. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Jul. 12, 2018 at 5:25 PM CDT
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MACON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and incumbent state Rep. Pebblin Warren both want the same thing, to represent District 82 in the Alabama House of Representatives. In the June 5 primary election, Warren received 49 percent of the votes while Ford claimed 31.

"I am determined to do what is necessary to get the job done for the people of Tuskegee and Macon County," Ford says.

" I'm the most experienced, the hardest working, and committed candidate out here,"  Warren.

Both candidates say they are focused on issues that are important to the district.

"I have to place Medicaid number one on the list," Warren says. The state is without money. I'm in favor of the people voting for a lottery, but my concern has been that I can't entertain any gaming legislation without it being inclusive of electronic bingo at Victoryland."

"We need Medicaid expanded. We need full scale gaming," says Ford. "We need to give the people the right to vote on an education lottery in this state. These are things that must be done, and you've got to have someone who can work with Democrats and Republicans to get the job done."

On July 17 the voters will have the last say, as the residents of District 82 decide who will fill the seat.

No Republican candidates are running for the position, so the winner will be determined Tuesday.

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