VALLEY— Local attorney Isaac Whorton announced Monday his intention to run for House District 38 in the Alabama Legislature. Isaac, a lifelong resident of Chambers and Lee Counties, has deep ties to the area. His grandfather, W.W. Whorton, Jr., was the first principal of Valley High School, a position he held for over 30 years. Isaac’s mother was a school teacher 25 years, with 24 of those years being served in Chambers County.
“Education has always been important to our family. When you come from 60 years of teachers, you don’t have much choice. One of my sisters is a nurse practitioner and the other is a doctor. I chose to go to law school because it allowed me to return to Valley to raise my family. This is home and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”
Isaac says one of the principal reasons he is running is to help make the area a place where his kids will be able to return to raise their families. “When I was growing up, we had cotton mills and industrial jobs in the district where a person could work and raise a family. Today, too many parents are watching their kids move to Atlanta or Birmingham because they can’t find jobs in the area. I want to work to improve education and bring jobs back so our children will be able to raise their families here.”
Isaac intends to make transparency and accessibility cornerstones of his service. “People have to be able to get in touch with you and know what you’re doing. Too often the politicians in Montgomery think they know better than we do what is good for our community. They get together and pass bills in the dark of night without any input from the people. In my view, there is no better way to serve the citizens of District 38 than to seek input from the people to find out what is important to them.”
Isaac has made a solid pledge that he will not turn into a lifetime politician. He stated firmly he will not serve more than two terms. “We have a lot of people in the House of Representatives who are serving three or four terms. There are a few in Montgomery who are serving their eighth or ninth terms. I’m not interested in that. I will not serve more than two terms in the House. That’s one of the things I can directly control and that’s a pledge and a promise.”
A former member and Chairman of the City of Valley Planning Commission, Isaac knows what it takes to drive economic growth, create jobs, and keep the character and charm that makes House District 38 a great place to live. “I’ve served as Chairman of the planning commission and President of the Greater Valley Auburn Club. I know the commitment and sacrifice of leadership, and I’m prepared to take that commitment and sacrifice to Montgomery on behalf of Chambers and Lee Counties.”