LESS THAN 6% VOTE IN DISTRICT 35 SENATORIAL RACE
With acknowledgement to Mike Marshall's
and J.D.Crowe post on al.com 1/31/2013
Is anyone talking about insurance reform anymore?
The one voice that championed insurance reform in the Alabama Legislature, Ben Brooks, has left his senate seat to become a state court judge.
With Brooks gone, who will now speak to the issue?
That job could fall to the winner of Brooks' seat in Senate District 35 - Bill Hightower or Jim Barton, both Republicans.
Less than 6% of eligible voters chose to vote in
the special election held to replace Sen. Ben Brooks, who vacated his Senate District 35 seat to take the bench as a state court judge.
The stakes were high: Brooks championed the cause of insurance reform in the Alabama Legislature. He succeeded in passing several key bills, but there's much more work left to be done.
Affordable home insurance is hard to come by in District 35, which contains about half of Alabama's coastline as well as the Dog River and Fowl River basins. Residents of District 35 work and play a few feet above sea level.
Political neophyte Bill Hightower made it into the run-off to face runner-up Jim Barton
on March 12.
Read complete editorial at al.com
See Crowe cartoon & comments at al.com
BEN BROOKS WAS NOT THE ONLY VOICE
HHII is alive and well and still very much
engaged in the effort to find solutions for the
homeowners' insurance crisis in coastal Alabama.
HHII continues to be ably supported by Al.
Rep. Joe Faust and Senator Tripp Pittman, who
was instrumental in shepherding the Clarity Bill
through the legislature.
Come to any HHII meeting and find out what is
DISTRICT 35 SENATORIAL CANDIDATES' FORUM
Thursday night, 1/24/2013, a crowd of about 80 people showed up
in Theodore to hear
how the three candidates vieing to replace
Senator Ben Brooks in District 35 would respond to questions they had received in advance from HHII.
Brooks resigned following his election as
a Mobile County circuit judge. The three
candidates for the position are
Republicans Jim Barton (B), Bill Hightower (H) and Nick Matranga
The Alabama Democratic Party will not field a
Barton is a state Representative who's held the House District
104 seat in Mobile since 2000. Matranga is a retired Marine
colonel and commercial airline pilot. Hightower is a business
consultant and board member of the Mobile County GOP.
Here are the questions and the candidates' answers
Question #1: If elected will you champion effective faithful enforcement of the Clarity Law?
B, H, M: yes
Question #2: If elected will you aggressively aid HHII in pursuing a multi-state solution?
B, H, M: yes
Question #3: In this present campaign, have you or will you accept contributions from the insurance industry, insurance companies or insurance lobbyists?
B – yes, but it won't effect me
H – no, only family and friends
M – no, especially not Alfa
Question #4: If elected will you make time to forge a creative, powerful relationship with HHII?
B, H, M: yes
Question #5: If elected will you meet w. HHII after you have been in office two months?
B, H, M: yes
DISTRICT 105 CANDIDATE FORUM
The Candidate Forum in Theodore Thursday night, March 10, hosted
by The Quest for Justice, Alabama Christian Coalition, & HHII,
with the support of Senator Ben Brooks, focused
exclusively on solving the hurricane insurance crisis. All of the candidates agreed to support the Clarity Bill and fight to significantly lower our premiums.
The Just Faith Class at Corpus Cristi Catholic Church took a leadership role
in putting it together. The organizational mingling evolving around this crisis
is significant. Baldwin and Mobile counties share
leadership; as do affluent and poor, black and white, Democrats,
Republicans, and Tea Partiers.
The candidates are running in a special election for the state representative position vacated by Spencer Collier who accepted a position in the new governor's cabinet. The district covers much of the southwestern part of Mobile County, but the race is significant to everyone because of the nature of the hurricane insurance crisis.