By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Wednesday, April 28, 2017, State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) announced his bid for re-election to the Alabama State Senate, District 21.
Sen. Allen said, “We’ve made a lot of progress in the last few years in cleaning up Montgomery. We’ve reduced the size of government and cut waste from our state budgets, but there is still more we can do to make Alabama’s government more accountable and responsive to the people. I’m proud that we have stabilized the Education Trust Fund Budget and enacted pro-business reforms that have helped Alabama get to its lowest unemployment rate since the great recession hit.”
Allen promoted his efforts in recent years to prioritize constitutional issues through his efforts to prohibit the use of foreign law in Alabama State courts and to protect the integrity of the Electoral system with Alabama’s photo ID law to reduce voter fraud.
Sen. Allen also cited his work with other members of the Tuscaloosa delegation to restructure county sales tax to improve infrastructure and construct highways in Tuscaloosa County.
Senator Allen said, “I’m proud that we have worked at the local level to restructure the taxpayers’ money in order to rebuild Tuscaloosa’s infrastructure. I’m also very pleased that we were able to pass a local constitutional amendment to prohibit occupational taxes in Tuscaloosa County without a vote of the people.”
Tuscaloosa insurance agent Geoff Plott said, “Senator Allen has consistently advocated pro-business policies. He understands that it is the private sector, not the government, that grows our economy.”
President of Bama Carry Eddie Fulmer said, “There has been no bigger champion for the Second Amendment in Alabama than Gerald Allen. Senator Allen has been endorsed by the NRA and has always pushed to protect our constitutional rights.”
The Vice President of the Republican Women of Tuscaloosa County Jackie Ray said, “Gerald Allen has been a steady conservative voice for the people of District 21. He’s a common-sense leader who doesn’t get caught up in all the political correctness. I’m glad to know that Gerald will continue to offer himself for public service.”
Allen was born and raised in Tuscaloosa. He graduated from Holt High School and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. He is the owner of CASHCO Marketing.
Allen is married to Sheila Bailey Allen of Taylorville. They have three children and five grandchildren. The Allens attend Gilgal Baptist Church in Duncanville where Gerald is a Deacon.
Allen sponsored the Memorials Preservation Act and has championed the effort to allow Alabamians to exercise their Second Amendment rights without purchasing a concealed carry permit. Allen is presently serving his second term in the Senate, after serving four terms in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Alabama Senate District 21 includes parts of Lamar, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa counties.
The 2018 Major Party Primaries are on June 5, 2018. The General Election is November 6, 2018.