5 candidates unopposed in upcoming primaries
by Rachel Davis
Feb 11, 2014 | 1787 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Five local Republicans are running for re-election without opposition in 2014. Walker County Superintendent Jason Adkins, Walker County Board of Education Chairman Brad Ingle, Walker County Revenue Commissioner Jerry Guthrie, District Judge Henry Allred and Alabama District 5 Sen. Greg Reed have no Republicans contesting them in the June 3 primary and no Democrats qualified to challenge them in November.

Guthrie, who will be entering his fourth six-year term, said he was grateful to the people of Walker County for their confidence in him and assistance throughout his service, and to his staff in the Revenue Office for their help and support

“I’m very thankful to the Lord for this opportunity to serve the people of this county again,” Guthrie said Friday.

Adkins said he was also excited to be able to continue serving the people of the county and hopes to be able to continue to maintain and improve the quality of academics in the county schools. Previously, he has said he would like to focus on continuing to improve the county’s graduation rates and standardized test scores, as well as increasing the availability of advanced placement classes for students and continuing education credits for teachers in the system.

Ingle was grateful for the support from the teachers, staff and support people and looks forward to moving the system forward with the help of the board and Adkins.

“It has been an honor to serve the 8,000 students in the school system,” Ingle said.

Allred said he was also excited to be able to serve another term as district judge.

“I’m very humbled by the support I’ve gotten from the community,” Allred said.

Allred, who hears the county’s juvenile cases, also said he was glad to be able to focus on his job instead of running a campaign.

“Young people are our most important resource in Walker County,” Allred said. “I have tried to do what’s right in every case and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

At the state level, Reed will begin his second term as a state senator and said he was also humbled by the support he has received.

“From the time I was elected in 2010 to the present and for the next four years, I can’t think of a higher honor to be bestowed on me than to be senator of District 5,” Reed said. “I will continue to do my very best to represent the citizens of District 5 to the best of my abilities.”