Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Recently, Jim Byard, Jr., Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community affairs announced that ADECA’s Surplus Property Division would be consolidated into a single location in Montgomery. Such an action would have caused the closing of a surplus property location in rural Eva, Alabama. Last week, Director Byard announced that due to efforts made by himself, Governor Robert Bentley, State Representative Randall Shedd (R-Fairview) and Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the Eva location would not be closed.
Today, Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden), Chairman of the House Rural Caucus, released the following statement about the recent announcement.
“The Rural Caucus is pleased to learn of ADECA’s recent decision to refrain from closing the surplus property location in Eva. Investments by the state in the economies of rural areas, like the surplus property division in Eva, are vital to maintain a high quality of life for rural Alabamians. I am thankful to Governor Bentley, Director Byard and Senator Orr for their efforts in this matter. I am also extremely thankful for the hard work and dedication of our caucus colleague, Representative Shedd. Without Randall’s tireless effort on behalf of rural Alabama, this announcement would not have occurred.”
The Alabama Rural Caucus is a bi-partisan group of state legislators who represent rural districts of the state. The Alabama Rural Caucus strives to improve the life of rural Alabama residents through the legislative process. Currently, the group is composed of 40 legislators who put party politics to the side and focus on how to better the lives of the residents of their rural districts.
Representative David Standridge has represented District 34 in the Alabama House of Representatives, which includes parts of Blount and Marshall Counties, since a special election in 2012. He was re-elected in 2014, without opposition, to a full term in the House. Representative Standridge, a former law enforcement officer and Blount County Probate Judge/Chairman of the Blount County Commission, is married to Danna, a retired teacher. The couple has three grown children and five grandchildren. The Standridges live in Hayden, in rural Blount County.