I’m running as the Alabama Independence Party candidate who is willing to work with anyone determined to better Alabama. Instead of focusing on a party platform that could hinder growth and progress, I prefer to concentrate on the interests and grievances of HD 69. I respect the fact that some are spirited progressives, some are staunch conservatives and some are apart of other political ideologies. Above all, we are Alabamians and proud Americans. We know what makes our state and country great is not a party label. It’s the concerned citizens who understand the principle of being one nation, under God and the importance of defending our rights!
HD 69 Agenda if Elected
- Tax Reform- I support repealing the grocery tax. I support providing more access to tax credits, special depreciation allowances and tax holidays for small businesses.
- Reform Judicial/Penal System- With prisons over 190% capacity, the economic toll of not having penal reform is felt by every Alabamian.
- Education Vitalization- I believe every child deserves the best education our state can provide. I will work to modernize schools.
- First Responders Pay Raise- First Responders are a vital part of law and order. I support and believe they deserve a pay raise.
- Pay Elected Officials the Minimum Wage- One way to give first responders a pay raise is to lower the wages and benefits of elected officials state-wide. I oppose allowing the bureaucracy to have royal benefits while those we depend on to keep us safe and healthy struggle to make ends meet.
- Neighborhood Watch and Community Policing- I will work to strengthen and encourage partnerships between local businesses, faith organizations and law enforcement agencies to ensure community safety.
- Infrastructure Restoration and Expansion- I oppose continuing to defer maintenance of our infrastructure and I believe we have to face this challenge with strategic planning.
- Storm Shelters for Mobile Home Communities- I believe building a better Alabama includes preparing for extreme weather events with widespread storm shelters for mobile home communities.
2014 – Main Street Economics
“In a globally connected economy, Alabama Workers have to compete with replacement technology, cheap international labor and national/state policies that hinder economic progress. I want to help Alabama leave a long-lasting impression on this new century through ‘next generation’ job training and skill/trade renewal. I believe tomorrow belongs to those who invest in it today. So let’s build a better tomorrow by investing in Alabama‘s Labor Force!” –Cedric Coley
A) Workforce Training – Alabama workers deserve the opportunity to excel with innovation and economic alternatives. I believe business and education can work together to train the next generation of Alabama’s labor force. I support vocational and technical training because it will produce a dynamic labor force centered around careers and long-term employment.
B) Small Business Relief – The key to a healthy community is a healthy, local business market. I support competition in the free-market because it gives the consumers the ability to vote with their wallets. In these unstable financial times, the path to prosperity can be made clear by cutting over-regulation, providing more access to tax credits and with more special depreciation allowances for small businesses.
Public Safety and Law Enforcement
A) Community Policing – First Responders are a vital part of law and order. I believe they deserve a pay raise! Public safety is critical to any prosperous economy. I will work to strengthen and encourage partnerships between local businesses, faith-based organizations and law enforcement agencies to ensure community safety. I believe communities can curve crime by standing united with a strong message of no tolerance and with informed activism.
21st Century Alabama
A) Building Alabama – A strong infrastructure is the foundation of a strong economy. Our transportation system is becoming dangerously obsolete and structurally deficient every new day without direct action. We can build a stronger Alabama by using a state-wide infrastructure bank to restore and expand upon the public domain. This includes preparing for extreme weather events with widespread storm shelters for mobile home communities. I oppose continuing to defer maintenance of our infrastructure. I believe we have to face this challenge with strategic planning.
B) Judicial Reform -I oppose having jails full of non-violent offenders and punishments not fitting the crimes committed. I believe harden criminals allowed back on the streets because of judicial congestion and over-crowded prisons. With prisons over 190% capacity, the economic toll of not having penal reform is felt by every Alabamian. I will work to resolve this issue by reforming Alabama’s Narcotic policies and by revising the Family Courts.
2014 Education Vitalization
“A free and open society cannot exist without the exchange of ideals and a well-informed electorate. I believe every child deserves the best education our state can provide. I support school choice and I oppose a ‘one size fit all’, conformity approach to the problems that plague Alabama schools. I believe a modernized education system built on school accountability, student responsibility and steadfast parental involvement is the key to a higher standard of living in Alabama!” –Cedric Coley
Four Pillars of Education
A) Economic Pillar- I believe business and education can work together to train the next generation of Alabama’s labor force. I support vocational and technical training because it will produce a dynamic labor force centered around careers and long-term employment. I support giving businesses the opportunity to help fund schools. Poor children should not be trapped in poor schools because of their address.
B) Home Pillar- I support giving parents diverse school choices because it is the best path to equal access for all students. I also believe it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to bestow the importance of an education. Educators cannot substitute for the lack of stability in a student’s home. Steadfast parental involvement is the cornerstone to education. Teachers and parents have to work together to provide quality education for the next generation.
C) Systemic Pillar- More flexibility is needed in schools. Teachers and administrators cannot be chained to a ‘one size fills all’ lesson plan and expect to reach every student on their individual learning level. I support an environment of cooperation and creativity among educators. Each student has to be allowed to learn at their own pace. I believe more flexibility will allow educators to effectively target stressful areas and meet students on individual learning levels.
D) Academic Pillar- Intelligence and innovation is the center of economic growth. Instead of teaching to the test with a pass or fail approach, I support a mixture of classroom study, job training, apprenticeship and hands on community service. High standards of academic achievement while experiencing education outside the classroom is the best way to ensure students are prepared to be productive members of society.
Modernization- Alabama’s education system has largely remained unchanged in the past 70 years. We stand at a pivotal moment in our state’s history. We can vitalize, or we can continue to be left behind. Alabama students deserve better! Every effort possible should be made to bring new life into schools. Educators should be given the best tools and tactics to reach students. From after-school programs to internet based courses, there are great alternatives across the country making great progress towards equpping students with knowledge and skills they need to be exceptional in this new century. I believe technology intergration in the classroom to reach students and empower teachers is a huge step in that direction.
District 69 Map
District 69 in gray, includes Lowndes, Wilcox and parts of Autauga and Montgomery counties (click to enlarge)