HEFLIN.—Darrell Turner of Heflin, Ala. qualified yesterday with the Alabama Democratic Party to run for state senate district 13.
“For years, I haven’t felt like I’ve had representation in this district,” Turner said. “We need someone in Montgomery who will look out for the hard working families and their values, support education, and most of all, represent the people of district 13 in an open, honest way.”
As a business representative for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Turner knows how to compromise to find a solution that meets everyone’s needs.
“Compromise and negotiation are two things we’re missing in Montgomery right now,” Turner said. “For the legislators to represent the people, our voices must be heard and we must work together to find solutions. As your state senator, I will be sure my voice is heard.”
According to Turner, the lack of cooperation and transparency in the current leadership is what leads to deals like the Alabama Accountability Act. That bill was changed dramatically in a closed, backroom deal and then passed through with no opportunity for debate. “That’s not what the American government is supposed to look like. We can do better than that.”
Turner says he feels like the people in the district are very encouraged by his message. “I have been well-received across the district. People are angry about the way they have been represented, and they are ready for new leadership who can relate to their needs.”
Turner is a lifelong resident of Heflin where he still lives with his wife, Bonnie, and their son, Bradley. They are all active members in the Heflin Baptist Church.
The 13th district covers all of Randolph, Cleburne and Chambers counties, as well as the southern portion of Cherokee county, the eastern half of Clay county and part of Lee county.