By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, Ronda Walker (R), announced her candidacy for Alabama State Senate District 25.
Commissioner Walker said in a statement, “Voter trust has been shattered and confidence in State government is at an all-time low. The great State of Alabama is stuck in neutral because elected officials are more concerned about political expediency and keeping lobbyists happy than the good of the state. I am running for the Alabama Senate, because I believe Alabama can and must do better.”
Walker cited her achievements on the Montgomery County Commission. Walker said, “In 2016, Montgomery saw more job growth than any other area of the State. This happened because the City, County, and Chamber of Commerce leaders, myself included, worked very hard to create an environment that encouraged companies to locate and expand their businesses in our area. We all came together to do what was best for the River Region. I believe true leaders will reach across the aisle, build relationships, and make decisions that ensure the best outcome for all citizens.”
The district encompasses nearly 158,000 Alabamians in parts of Montgomery, Elmore, and Crenshaw counties.
Walker said on social media, “I am excited to announce I am running for the Alabama State Senate District 25 (This is the seat Sen.
Brewbaker is retiring from). This was a big decision, but my family insisted that the Senate needs a conservative wife and mother to shake things up! I will need ALL of your support in order to make this happen.”
Walker promised on her website that she, “Will be a conservative fighter in the Alabama State Senate for Montgomery, Elmore and Crenshaw counties.
Ronda McCaul Walker grew up in Montgomery and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1990. After high school, Ronda went to Troy University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science. Following graduation from Troy, Ronda worked for US Senator Richard Shelby (R) in Washington on his legislative staff. Ronda earned her Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii in 2002 and moved to Montgomery. In 2010 Ronda joined the Congressional staff of United States Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery). As a Congressional Field Representative, Ronda traveled throughout the 2nd Congressional District meeting with Mayors, County Commissioners, business and community leaders assisting them with various projects and needs.
In 2014, former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed Ronda to serve an open seat on the Montgomery County Commission. Commissioner Walker’s district includes the neighborhoods, churches, schools, and businesses along the Atlanta Highway corridor.
Commissioner Walker was elected to serve a new four-year term in November 2016, she was then elected by her fellow Commissioners to serve the Commission as Vice-Chairman.
In December 2014, she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. A testament to her mental and physical toughness, throughout her chemotherapy and radiation treatments Ronda never missed a County Commission meeting.
Commissioner Walker says that she currently has no apparent cancer in her body and her experience with cancer has given her a new and exciting vision for her life and how God plans to use her.
Ronda was named River Region Living Citizen of the Year 2016, she is a member of several community organizations including the Montgomery Rotary Club, the River Region Troy University Alumni Board, the Maxwell Restoration Advisory Board, the Capital City Republican Women, and she serves on the board of the Baptist East Medical Center, the East YMCA, she was a nominee for YMCA Man of the Year and was a member of Leadership Montgomery Class XXXIII. Ronda and her husband Jason attend First Baptist Church and have four children.