By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Candidate Stan Cooke (R) announced in a statement on facebook that a God and Country Day worship service will be held at Kimberly on Sunday, March 30th at 10:45 a.m. The special guest speaker will be Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R).
The location is the Kimberly Church of God at 9108 Jefferson Street / Hwy 31 North in Kimberly.
Dr. Cooke said in his statement, “This is a Worship Service to honor God- and to honor the Founding Fathers of the United States and our Constitution. Everyone is Welcome.”
Dr. Cooke announced that he will conduct a press conference after the service.
The Alabama Alliance Against Abortions announced recently that they have endorsed Dr. Cooke (R) for Lieutenant Governor in the Republican Primary on June 3, 2014.
Stan Cooke said in a previous event that he has campaigned in most Alabama counties and both county party leaders and tea party groups both have been receptive to his message.
Cooke said that we have finally got a Republican majority, “But we can not go to Montgomery and act like the old Democratic Party has for years.” Cooke said that the Republican Super-majority must have the right motives. “The people of Alabama know when we have been told a lie,” so Republicans must remain true to their conservative values.
Cooke said there are several things he wants to accomplish. There are parts of Alabama that are in desperate need of economic development. The Birmingham metro area has lost 120,000 production and manufacturing jobs over recent decades. The Wiregrass, the Blackbelt, and the Corridor between Anniston and Gadsden are other areas that have lost jobs. People are moving out of state to find employment because their native region is in decline.
On education, Cooke said, “For too long the liberal democrats have controlled the education agenda in this state. It is time for Christian conservatives to control the education agenda in Alabama. Cooke said that he supports defeating Common Core. “Common Core will hold this state back.”
Cooke said that he supports high education standards and criticized Alabama for not putting enough resources into education. Cooke said that the state needs a stronger Alabama Accountability Act. He said that it is not right to identify a school as failing and not devote the energy, time, money and effort in that school to keep it from failing.
Cooke is a pastor and businessman from Sumiton. Cooke ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District against incumbent Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia in the 2010 Republican Primary.
Dr. Cooke is running against incumbent Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) in the June 3rd Republican Primary. Ivey is the first Republican woman to hold the office in Alabama history.
The Republican Primary winner will face Democratic challenger former state Representative James Fields in the November election.