Wright seeking second term on county commission
by James Phillips
Mar 04, 2012 | 1683 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Walker County District 2 Commissioner Dan Wright is seeking election to a second term in that seat.

Wright is a Democrat and will be on the ballot in that party’s primary on March 13. He said he has enjoyed the last four years as District 2’s commissioner.

“I love and enjoy my job very much and I have given 110 percent during my time as commissioner,” Wright said. “I feel like I’m the most qualified and certified of all the candidates running to fill this position.”

Wright said he has finished courses required to be a commissioner. He is also a certified landfill operator and has a corrections officer certificate. Wright said obtaining the status of a landfill operator has allowed him to reopen the Walker County Landfill on Saturdays since Oct. 1, 2010.

“Because of budget shortfalls, the landfill was closed in March 2010,” he said. “I asked for it to be opened back up and I didn’t have the votes needed to reopen it with county funds. I got the license and reopened the landfill. We have had up to 132 cars in five hours on a Saturday. People need the landfill open that day, because they work five days per week to pay my salary. The least I can do is be there for them on Saturday.”

Wright said he receives no compensation for working at the landfill.

Wright said the corrections officer certificate allows him to work safely with inmates from the Walker County Jail.

“It was something that our insurance company said would be a good idea,” Wright said. “Inmates are used to pick up trash, cut grass and clean equipment. They also help citizens dispose of their garbage on Saturdays at the landfill.”

Wright said that one bridge has been replaced in District 2 during his time in office. He said a bridge on Pleasant Grove Road built by District 2 employees and inmates was estimated to cost $87,000 but was constructed for only $17,500. Wright said a bridge on Ripley Cutoff Road will be under construction by August. Wright said he has also filed for funding for a $1.9 million bridge near Carbon Hill High School.

“Ditching, patching, replacing pipes and cleaning up roads are everyday jobs,” Wright said. “It is all being done with seven full-time employees and four part-time guys. Without those dedicated workers, none of the work we’ve done would have been possible.”

Wright said he thinks the work he has put into District 2 over the last four years is reason enough that he should be re-elected. He urged any citizen with questions or comments to call him any time on his cell (205-300-6678).

“I have given six days per week to this job and sacrificed time away from my family,” Wright said. “I have voted the public’s concerns and have not been influenced by any special interest group. On March 13, I am asking the people of District 2 to select a Democratic ballot and vote for Dan Wright.”