By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, December 8, House District 5 Republican Primary voters went to the polls and elected Danny Crawford to be the Republican candidate to represent House District 5.
Danny Crawford said in a statement, “Thank you for your support and confidence. Tonight, Limestone County voters took a stand for conservative values, economic growth and smaller government. Mary Kay and I are humbled by your trust and are committed to finishing this race with a victory in the general election. I appreciate your votes and those who put up a sign, talked to friends or sent letters on our behalf. Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we work to provide a common-sense voice in Montgomery for the hardworking people of Limestone County.”
As of press time, Danny Crawford had 54.5 percent of the votes cast (1713 votes) and his GOP runoff opponent, Chris Seibert, had 45.5 percent (1430 votes). Crawford will face Democrat Henry White in the February 16 Special General Election to decide who will be the district’s next representative in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Danny Crawford is a former Limestone County and State executive director of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). He is a former member of the Athens City Council. Crawford said on his Facebook page, “Issues that are important to me: 1. Protecting our conservative values 2. Working on economic development to create new jobs 3. Improving our children’s education 4. Working toward tax reform – not tax increases.” Crawford served a total of 33 years with FSA. He currently works as an independent crop insurance contractor. Crawford served on the Athens City Council from 1993 to 2005. Danny and his wife, Mary Kay, have one son, Matthew. They are members of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church and reside in Athens.
Crawford grew up in the Belle Mina community on the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station farm. He worked his way through Auburn University, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Crawford has been endorsed by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.
The Alabama House District 5 seat became open following the death of Representative Dan Williams (R-Athens) due to Leukemia.
The winner of the Republican nomination will face Democrat Henry White in the Special General Election. White is the former state Representative. He was defeated in the 2010 General Election for Athens Mayor Dan Williams after just one term. Williams defeated White in a 2014 rematch as well. White is also a former Athens City Councilman.