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February 17, 2014

Representative Shedd running unopposed

Cullman County Commission on Aging Director Randall Shedd is seeking re-election as the 11th District Representative-R covering Blount, Cullman, and Morgan Counties.

Shedd is running unopposed as a Republican in the primary election. He said he is thankful to be running with opposition and looks forward to representing and working with his district again.

"My district added the City of Hanceville which in turn will give me Wallace State and I'm excited to be a strong voice for Wallace," Shedd said. "I'll also be given a few more areas of Blount County and I'll go in some areas I haven't gone before."

Shedd said he shared Ronald Reagan's view when he said, "At my age I don't have time for politics as usual," and intends to focus on the task at hand.

"By that, I meant I'd like to move a little faster and gets jobs accomplished. I don't want to spend time on political sideshows," Shedd said. "I want to focus on keeping my promises and checking items off the checklist of the things to accomplish during my term."

The checklist Shedd referred to contained every commitment made on printed materials or engagements and he said he plans to fulfill each one during his term.

"We have a lot of delegation to get completed, such as road projects on Highway 157 and County Road 222, I want to work on these things and get them done," Shedd said. "I intend to oppose tax increases. My question in Montgomery when tax increases are proposed  is: "What are we going to do when we get to 100 percent?" We can't keep on taxing people. When I was mayor of Fairview we actually lowered our resident's taxes and had good luck in attracting businesses to the community."

Shedd said much of his platform leans toward assisting senior citizens and helping pave a way for the next generation in opening opportunities for jobs and education.

“I look forward to my work on the Alabama House of Representative’s Children and Senior Advocacy Committee to put into action my philosophy that if we take care of our children, meet the needs of our senior population and do things to provide opportunities for good jobs for those in between, then we’ve done our job,” Shedd said. “This past week we submitted a bill to the house for veterans to have an “Veteran” logo on their driver’s license in order to get discounts and that be apart of their identification. A number of vet’s particularly World War II vets, there was no way to add that they were a veteran to their identification. The amendment passed and bill passed the house and is now in the senate. Hopefully it will pass the senate and become a law since it isn’t a controversial bill.”

Shedd served as chairman of the Cullman County Commission from 1977 until 1985. He was also mayor of the Town of Fairview from 1996 until 2012. Shedd ran in a special called election for the Representative District 11 seat on April 11, 2013 when the seat was vacated.

The election primary will be held June 3, 2014.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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