Clark-Frieson challenges incumbent Ficher for District 37 Seat
Valley Times News Article
After taking the District 37 nomination in 2014, incumbent Republican Bob Fincher is now defending his seat from Democratic challenger Charlotte Clark-Frieson. District 37 covers Cleburne, Randolph and Chambers counties. Fincher has represented the area for the past four years and said he would continue on the path he has laid for himself and the district if re-elected.
"What I hope to continue to do is to work hard in the fields of economic development in the district and to improve education," he said. "I think we have seen some improvements over the last four years, but we still have a lot that can be accomplished.
An educator before his political career, Fincher said that the improvements to education will come from a change in curriculum. "For a long time, we were under a common core curriculum in the state and hopefully we are coming out from under that," he said. "I would like to see Alabama educators develop their own system, which I think would be far superior to what we have seen in the past."
Fincher said he is a "very conservative" Republican and hopes to continue his work in the office he currently holds.
"I feel like in your first term, ther is a learning curve and you are really better prepared in a second term because of your knowledge of the system," he said. "I think I can be more effective during a second term."
His opponent, Clark-Frieson said that her goal if elected is to better represent those who don't necessarily share the same party views as the incumbent. "Alabama right now is operating under a super-majority," she said. "We have a Repblican trifecta in the state."
Also a teacher before her run for office, Clark-Frieson wants to fund education throughout the district better.
"I want to see more money for education through the state lottery," she said. "I am willing to work with the governor becuse we need a way to fund education. I think the state of Alabama has over-accepted failing schools, and I feel like the ones in Chambers County are among those schools. What we have got to do in that regard is put in place a mechanism to study these schools and figure out why they are failing."
Born and raised in Roanoke, Clark-Frieson said she wants to expand Medicaid for more healthcare options to be readily available for people in more rural areas.
"When you reach my age, one of the main concerns is health care," she said. "How close is the closest hospital? If I have a medical emergency, how long would the ambulance ride be?"
She said she would also focus on revitalizing her home county.
"I feel like, in recent years, Roanoke has completely disintegrated," she said. "When you go through our cities and towns it's just a degenerative process that you see, and it makes me sad. I would do everything in my power to make these areas robust and vibrant with activity the way they were many years ago."