MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls, and on the ballot is a new district Madison County voters need to know about.
District 53 was moved from Jefferson County to Madison County due to redistricting in 2012. The new district spans the county north to Kelly Cemetery Road, south to Martin Road, and west to Research Park Boulevard. It encompasses parts of what were once three other districts.
Democrat Anthony Daniels and Republican Chris Horn have been challenged not only with campaigning for votes, but getting the word out about the new district.
"The fortunate part about this is it gives Huntsville, and north Alabama, this region a bigger voice in the legislature," said Daniels.
Daniels' campaign is focusing primarily on jobs, economic development, and education.
"We have to look at our education system, regardless of what happens in education. As a legislator my job is to ensure the resources are coming back to our school system," said Daniels. "There’s not a one size fits all approach to education so therefore we must be as careful as we were careless to think that No Child Left Behind was the answer to all our education problems. We have to look at a model that’s different, that varies by community."
Horn says as a candidate and potential legislator, he'll continue to do what he's always done: work to grow new businesses and offer incentives to communities to help at-risk populations.
"We'll do what we've always done, which is to serve in the communities, whether it's the schools, the ballparks or senior centers or wherever people may need help," said Horn. "I think faith-based initiatives is a great policy. I think as far as economic opportunities we need to look at some of the opportunities as far as Kickstarter and other opportunities where every day people can contribute and become shareholders in companies."
Both candidates have long histories of service and involvement in the community. Daniels is a corporate and foundations relations officer for Alabama A&M, where he studied, as well as a former teacher at the Academy of Science and Foreign Language and University Place Elementary. Horn owns an executive business development and venture equity firm. Horn grew up in Huntsville.