By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, February 16, the Republican Super Majority in the Alabama House of Representatives easily clotured and swept aside another ineffectual filibuster by the badly outnumbered House Democrats. On Tuesday night the House Republican Caucus added another member to their Super Majority when Limestone County voters elected Danny Crawford in the District 5 Special Election over former State Representative Henry White (D) in the race for the District Five seat.
HD5 became vacant on the death of state Representative Dan Williams (R-Athens) from leukemia.
According to original reporting by WAFF Channel 48 Crawford had 2,216 votes versus White’s 1,540.
Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) congratulated Representative-elect Crawford on the victory. “With over 30 years serving Alabama’s agriculture community, a successful business career, and more than a decade of public service on the city council, I’m confident Danny will be an outstanding member of the Alabama House.”
Crawford was recently endorsed by US Senator Jeff Sessions (R): “I was pleased to recommend Danny Crawford to President George W. Bush for appointment to the important position as the Executive Director of Alabama’s Farm Service Agency. He served effectively as a leader for Alabama in that position, and I valued our good working relationship. Danny has served his country in the military and will be a strong and productive member of the Alabama Legislature.”
Danny Crawford won the House District 5 Republican Primary Runoff by less than 300 votes over Chris Seibert.
Danny Crawford said in a statement then, “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.”
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 was endorsed by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.