Will Barfoot is hoping to bring a bevy of fresh ideas to the Alabama State Senate come the 2019 legislative session. On Tuesday the Montgomery-attorney announced he’s seeking the GOP nomination for the District 25 seat, which covers parts of Elmore, Montgomery and Crenshaw counties, in next year’s election.
“We can’t continue to elect career politicians and then be surprised when our problems get worse, not better,” Barfoot said. “I am running to bring fresh ideas and a new approach to problem-solving to the Alabama Senate. Some people say my ideas are out of the box thinking but I think they are just a combination of good common sense and applying tried and true conservative business principles to the legislature.”
The seat is currently held by Pike Road-Republican Senator Dick Brewbaker who announced in November 2015 that he will not seek re-election.
Barfoot says he believes that the citizen legislature should be filled with more new people and fewer career politicians and thus promises to serve no more than three terms in the Senate.
“Government solutions come from elected officials far too often,” Barfoot explained. “Little effort is made to talk to the state employees and public school teachers who are doing the work everyday and ask them what they see in terms of waste and what ideas they have for streamlining processes and making operations more efficient and more effective.”
Barfoot wants to sponsor legislation that would create an incentive program for non-management level state employees and teachers to come forward with cost saving ideas. Under his plan, employees who identify cost saving measures that also increase government efficiency would receive a portion of the money that was saved as result of their suggestion.
He also wants to utilize his business experience to help existing companies expand and to help encourage new companies to locate in District 25.
“Small businesses can’t grow and create new, high paying jobs if they are overburdened by too many regulations and too much unnecessary paperwork,” Barfoot said. “As a small business owner, I know that over-regulation is costing this area jobs and too much red tape is killing businesses. A better business environment will lead to more jobs and higher wages and that is what we need.”
Barfoot also says he will examine regulations on all sectors, including the agricultural industry which is responsible for a large percentage of Alabama’s job growth.
“Farmers feed us and I remember that three times a day,” Barfoot added.
Barfoot is a partner with Barfoot & Schoettker, LLC. He is married to Kathy Barfoot and has five children. They are members of Thorington Road Baptist Church.
The Republican Primary will be held on June 5, 2018.