to run for re-election to Ala. House
State Representative Chris England announces his bid to run for re-election to State House District 70 with family, friends and supporters on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.
is seeking re-election to the seat he
has held since 2006.
, 33, announced his
candidacy on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse just before noon Tuesday.
So far, the Tuscaloosa Democrat is the only contender in the race to represent House District 70, which includes much of Tuscaloosa and parts of Northport.
The election is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2010.
'I have unfinished business.
There are promises I made that I want to keep,' England
will continue to push for what he
called common-sense reform of the state's judicial system.
helped pass a bill to allow a diversion program for criminal defendants who have problems, such as drug dependency or mental illness, that may have contributed to their criminal activity.
would continue to fight for constitutional reform.
'To me, it is a crime that we continue to have racist language in our constitution and a tax code where undue burden is placed on our poorest citizens,' he
said, adding that he
will work to remove the sales tax on groceries.
The State Democratic
Executive Committee appointed England
to replace former Rep.
was one of seven people who came forward when Melton became ineligible to serve.
ran unopposed for the seat and was officially elected in November that year.
said that he
has achieved many of his
goals in his
three years in office.
secured a half-million dollars for schools in the area, including $120,000 for capital improvements and more than $100,000 for academic programs, he
'We identified a problem of an achievement gap between students,' he
worked to obtain grants for Tuscaloosa's pre-kindergarten initiative and other programs.
said that the state should focus on providing good quality care for mental health patients and their caregivers.
recently signed a letter, along with Tuscaloosa and Northport's mayors and several other legislators, protesting the closing of the Alice M. Kidd nursing home
on the Bryce campus.
'I have made it my mission to be a voice for those who have no voice,' he
Shea England introduced her
husband at the announcement, which was attended by about 50 friends and supporters.
described him as a sports fan who often roots for the underdog, and stands by his
team even in the worst of losing streaks.
'He represents the same values and concerns as many working-class citizens,' she
England earned undergraduate degrees in English and political science from Howard University in 1999.
He earned a law degree in 2002 from the University of Alabama.
He works as an associate city attorney for Tuscaloosa.
attends Bailey Tabernacle CME Church
He is a member of the Police Athletic League board of directors, the PRIDE board of directors and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
He is a member of the House of Representatives' County and Municipal Government, Judiciary and Tuscaloosa County Legislation committees.