Mark Story will formally launch his campaign today for State Senate District 23 as an independent candidate at a news conference in Selma.
Story said that running as an independent will allow him the freedom to serve the best interests of the entire district.
He said that in light of longtime incumbent Democratic Senator Hank Sanders’ decision not to run for re-election, he believes that now is the time for fresh representation for district 23.
Sanders’ daughter is running for her father’s seat. Malika Sanders-Fortier is running unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5. There is no Republican running for the seat.
Story said that his background proves that he is a strong supporter of public education and that he is focused on industrial recruitment. His stated philosophy is simple: “Better education brings better jobs.”
Story is a lifelong native of District 23.
Story is as an 18-year active member and current chairman of the Dallas County School Board. Story also served as president of the Alabama District Exchange Club and as a member of the Alabama Baptist Commission on Higher Education. Story is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve, with a tour in Iraq and retired as a Chief Petty Officer.
Story and his wife Regina make their home in Dallas County. He is the father of two and grandfather of one.