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Stadthagen announces reelection bid

Rep. Scott Stadthagen Monday announced his bid for reelection to his seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.

“I am announcing today that I will seek reelection to the Alabama House of Representatives, and I promise to continue to serve with the needs of the people of my district as my focus and my Christian conservative values as my guide,” Stadthagen said in a press release.

“It has been my honor to serve District 9 as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for the past three years. I have worked hard to represent the people of this district and to make them proud to have me as their public servant and representative in the legislature,” the release continued.

Stadthagen is well known for sponsoring House Bill 391, signed into law April 23, which requires public school athletes to compete in sports in accordance with the gender that appear on their birth certificates. The Alabama House voted for the bill 74-19, while the Senate voted 25-5 in its favor.

“I was honored to sponsor the bill that mandated public school athletes compete in accordance with their biological gender,” Stadthagen said. “The day Gov. Ivey signed that bill into law was a great day for female athletes across this state.”

Providing support for his constituents is something Stadthagen said he is proud of as well. Throughout his term he said he has shown support for teachers, law enforcement and firefighters in District 9 – something he promises to continue to do if reelected.

Stadthagen was also heavily involved in the Stepping Up Morgan County initiative, a focus on improving the access to quality mental health services in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties.

Its goal, according to its website, is to reduce recidivism at local county jails and unnecessary readmission to local hospital emergency departments for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental Illness and substance use disorders by connecting them with appropriate community services.

Stadthagen said he is honored to represent the people of District 9 in Montgomery, and it is a responsibility he said he does not take lightly.

“Every time I make the drive to Montgomery, I think about the 43,000 people in our district and the duty I have to do what is right for them,” he said. “I believe my constituents know I will always do what’s right for them and in their best interests.”

Stadthagen serves on the Local Legislation, State Government and Health committees. He also sits on the Alabama Home Builders board and the Mental Health board.

Other legislators in Morgan County have also announced their bids for reelection.

State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said recently he will seek a fifth term in the legislature.

Parker Moore, R-Hartselle, who represents House District 4, also plans to seek reelection. Moore won a special election in May 2018 to complete the term of former state Rep. Micky Hammon, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud related to his campaign finance account. In the general election that year, Moore, who was competing in a three-person race, was elected to serve a full term.

“I just feel like over these past four years we’ve been able to be extremely productive and helpful,” Moore said. “As long as I feel like I’m making a positive impact and a difference, I intend on continuing that, working with the people.”

Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, also made it official and announced her reelection bid this past week at the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative update.

When introduced at the legislative forum, Collins said of her legislative tenure: “It’s been a blessing in my life.”

Collins said enhancing quality in child care and other education issues will be among her priorities if reelected.

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know how important quality child care is to have a vibrant workforce,” she said.

Marian Accardi contributed to this report.

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