By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Longtime Mobile resident Beau Doolittle, is running to become the next Senator to represent SD-35.
Doolittle says he wants to go to Montgomery as a representative of the working class, not the Goat Hill power elite or the upper class. “ My opponent may be aware of some of the issues facing the working class, but I am working middle class…I know the issues and know the impact they have because I’ve been struggling along with the majority of the people…in this District,” said Doolittle.
Doolittle says, that after years of working for the State of Alabama serving the underprivileged, he understands the struggles faced by many in the State.
“Ever since this new administration took over in 2010, they have been attacking the 140,000 middle class tax paying Alabamians that work for the State. This is the thing that initially got me involved politically,” Doolittle said.
Doolittle has been trying for the last few years to contact State lawmakers and get them to understand how important it is to empower State workers; but, the current leadership at the State House continually rebuffed him. “I’ve written letters, sent emails, to [Sen. Del] Marsh, [Speaker] Hubbard, and Ben Brooks….I never heard back.” Doolittle now wants to take his message directly to the floor of the Senate Chambers.
While running as a democrat can be a liability in many parts of the State, Doolittle says he is a moderate who can represent all the people of District 35.
One of the first items on Doolittle’s agenda is the repeal of the State’s grocery tax. Another, is creating a financial climate in which the working class prospers as well as the wealthy. “Having a financially secure, working, middle class in our State is a Win/Win scenario for everybody,” said Doolittle. “The working class will have more money to spend, that will lead to increased profits for businesses, which will lead to more jobs, and create more revenue for the State…and help us get out of our funding crisis.”
Doolittle believes there are real solutions to making the State better for everyone, but that too many lawmakers in Montgomery are cutoff from the realities of most people of our State.
He is critical of current District 35 Senator Bill Hightower, who he paints as a millionaire who is completely out of touch. “I think he’s a nice guy….I just think he’s out of touch with the way real people live,” said Doolittle.
Doolittle’s to do list includes, repeal grocery tax, higher wages, better jobs to grow the economy, and supporting education.
If elected, he promises representation for all in the District, not just a chosen few.