2018 Governor’s Race: State Senator Bill Hightower
State Senator Bill Hightower spent his career in international business before being elected to the Alabama legislature in 2013. He says Alabama needs a businessman for a governor. The Republican candidate spoke with WBHM’s Andrew Yeager as part of our series of interviews with gubernatorial candidates.
Hightower on changes he’d make to the state’s tax system and budgeting:
On banning sanctuary cities:
Hear the full interview:
New Jefferson County Commission Takes Office With Three New Members
Sheila Tyson and Lashunda Scales were sworn into office as Jefferson County commissioners Wednesday, along with Steve Ammons, a former Vestavia Hills City Council member. Tyson and Scales are Democrats; Ammons is a Republican. The Republican majority continues on the commission with incumbents Jimmie Stephens and Joe Knight.
Democrats Angered at Lack of State Party Support
Democrats across the country took the House and flipped several governorships during the midterms. It was a different story in Alabama. Democrats here lost every statewide race, and they lost five statehouse seats to Republicans. Recent news reports say the Alabama Democratic Party sat on hundreds of thousands of dollars — money candidates say could have been used toward their campaigns. Many Alabama Democratic candidates blame their poor performance on the lack of support from the state Party.