Four Republicans qualify for District 11 State Representative



Four Republican candidates – all from Cullman County – have qualified as of yesterday for the District 11 House of Representatives seat left vacant when former State Rep. Jeremy Oden resigned to take a job as commissioner on the Alabama Public Service Commission. Qualifying deadline is today at 5 p.m.

District 11 includes about a fourth of Blount County, located in the northern and northwestern sections of the county. Included in the district are the following polling locations: Summit Fire Hall, Brooksville Fire Hall, Rock Springs Community Center, Blountsville Town Hall, and Cleveland Town Hall. The district also includes portions of Cullman and Morgan Counties.

A date of Feb. 12, 2013, has been set by Gov. Robert Bentley for the primary election, with a runoff election set for March 26 if one candidate does not get a majority of the votes in the primary. In the coming month, The Blount Countian will publish full profiles of these candidates and any others that may qualify before the deadline today.



Preliminary profiles of candidates Danny Alldredge

Age: 58
Residence: Holly Pond
Present job: In-house appraiser,
Eva Bank
Background: 31 years in secondary
education; former high school agribusiness teacher, high school principal and
Area Career Tech Center director;
Cullman County school board, eight years.

Lydia Haynes

Age: 58
Residence: Fairview
Present job: Co-owner, Integrity
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Background: 35 years as registered
physical therapist; served eight years
on Alabama Health Coordinating
Council and two years on the Blue
Cross/Blue Shield Alabama Physical
Therapy Coordinating Committee.



Mike Graves

Age: 51
Residence: Vinemont
Present job: public works official
for town of South Vinemont (in
charge of street maintenance and
parks and recreation)
Background: 35 years with Vinemont Providence Volunteer Fire
Department, 23 years as chief; served
last four years on the board of the
Cullman County Economic Development Commission.

Randall Shedd

Age: 59
Residence: Fairview
Present job: Director, Cullman
County Commission on Aging
Background: Served 16 years as
mayor of Fairview; served two terms as
chairman of the Cullman County
Commission; former president of
Association of County Commissions of
Alabama (ACCA); former president of North Alabama
Mayors Association.