Thursday, Debbie Hamby Wood, R-Valley, announced her candidacy for reelection to the Alabama Legislature in House District 38.
“It’s been such an honor to serve District 38 these past three years,” Wood said. “I think it’s important to have someone representing you who listens to your desires and is accessible, and I’ll continue to do that. People here know where my office is, and they know they can stop by and talk to me and I’ll listen to them with respect. I always try to do what’s best for my constituents, and I’m going to continue to do that as well.”
“I sit on the Education Committee in the House, and the Education budget is the largest one the Legislature has to deal with every year,” Wood stated. “I’m going to continue to make sound decisions about how we spend every single dollar. Our teachers and students have been beat up this last year and a half from COVID, and we have to give them all the support we can.”
“I’m going to continue to work to see that individuals have access to their family members in the hospital and nursing homes,” Wood continued. “We passed HB521, which allowed families to be with their loved ones at the end of life, and I want to expand on that in this next session. People need to be allowed to be there, and to be allowed to advocate for their loved ones, especially during these times.”
“Character matters, and who we are matters,” Wood added. “That’s why I use the letters of my last name, WOOD, to represent my four basic principles: W is for Wise decisions. I’m going to continue to make the best decisions I can for all of the people I represent. O is for Open-minded. I’ll always listen to what you have to say, and even if we disagree, I want to hear your point of view. O is for Outspoken, but respectful. I won’t be quiet about the things I believe in, but I will be respectful of the opinions and ideas of others, regardless of which side of the aisle they sit on. D is for Dedicated. I think the most important thing we have to remember when we’re an elected official is that we’re the voice of the people who voted for us. That’s who we are, and we have to be sure that we don’t lose that along the way.”
Wood was elected for the first time in the state legislature in 2018 and is seeking a second term.
“I’ve been honored to serve you this past term, and I hope that you’ll allow me to continue to serve you for four more years,” Wood concluded.
House District 38 includes portions of Chambers and Lee Counties. Prior to her state House service, Wood served on the Chambers County Commission from 2002 to 2018. She served as President of the Alabama Association of County Commissioners from 2013 to 2014.
Debbie Hamby Wood was born in Valley, Alabama, and attended Beulah High School and Southern Union State Community College. Since 2000, she’s been a small businesswoman, owning and operating Century 21 Wood Real Estate. She and her husband, Bobby, live in Valley. They have two children and three grandchildren.
HD38 will be reapportioned and redistricted based on the 2020 Census, like the rest of the state legislative districts.
The Republican Primary will be May 24, 2022.