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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Grimes to Seek 3rd Term

Republican voters in House District 73 will see a familiar face on their primary ballots when they go to the polls in June.

State Rep. David Grimes, R-Montgomery, announced Tuesday that he will seek a third term representing the district that stretches from Cloverdale to Sturbridge and south of the bypass.

"I have enjoyed being accessible to my constituents and dealing with the legislation that deals with our lives daily," he said. "Many issues come before the Alabama Legislature that deal with everyday life. I have the life experiences that make me the best candidate for this office."

Grimes said he continues to be an advocate for fewer taxes, less government, better education, ethics reform and job creation.

"During the last seven years, Alabama has enjoyed more economic progress than in its history, more money in education than ever before and the best climate for ethics reform than in any other time in history," he said. "We need to continue the conservative movement that seems to be underfoot in our nation and in our state."

Grimes, who has lived in Montgomery since 1977, serves on the House Banking and Insurance, Commerce and Internal Affairs committees. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002.

Grimes said he has fought to pass several key pieces of legislation during his tenure including bills that would protect children, provide better retirement benefits for Montgomery employees and establish tougher penalties for domestic violence.

"It has been an honor to serve the residents of District 73 these last seven years," he said. "But there is a lot of work still to be done.

"I believe that my record of fighting against higher taxes, fighting for less government interference in our lives and protecting our conservative Christian beliefs are in tune with what is needed in our elected officials."

In the June Republican primary, Grimes will face political newcomer Jeremy Walker, who recently picked up the endorsement of the Alabama Association of Realtors political action committee. The winner of that contest will face Democratic candidate Joe Hubbard in November.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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