Democrats Hopeful Senator Billy Beasley Will Run for Governor


By Ashley Thompson

Senator Billy Beasley is considering a run for governor and he has just one week left to decide. If he decides not to, Alabama democrats have just one other candidate up for the job. Are they satisfied with that..and the state of their party?

Beasley says he's still on the fence about running for governor.

"A lot of people don't think that a democrat can win a state wide race," he says. ""But you know, there are a lot of people in Alabama who vote for the person. Some people vote party lines, some people vote for the person. If I run for governor, then I hope the people who vote for the person would select me."

Although Beasley hasn't made up his mind, his peers are encouraging him to run.

"I think senator Beasley will do a remarkable job bringing the leadership that we so desperately need in the state on difficult issues," says Representative Joe Hubbard.

"He has the support of the people," says Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford. "That Beasley name is magic in this state plus he has a know-how. I served with him in the House of Representatives and I can attest to the fact that he is for the people."

If he were to run against Bentley, Beasley says he has three top priorities; expanding medicaid, repealing the Alabama Accountability Act and restoring the medicaid system in the state.

"I disagree with Governor Bentley," he says. "The medicaid system in Alabama is not broken. It may be under funded but I would do everything I could to restore the medicaid agency and keep it like it is."

The Alabama democratic party is in debt to the tune of half a million dollars but Congress Woman Terri Sewell is optimistic for the future of the party.

"I think it's imporant that we have up and down the ballot, great democrats running," she says.

February 7th is the deadline to qualify.


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