I believe that, given the right opportunities, the hard working people of District 4 will continue to prosper.

  • We need quality jobs with higher pay, incentives for small business, and the ability to attract companies from a wide range of industries including STEM, robotics, and automotive fields.
  • As leaders of our communities, we should work together to address issues of rural economic development. We need to examine each county, identify their strengths and resources, and pursue opportunities that cater to these strengths and provide competitive advantages.
  • It is critical that we work together to assess the current status of our schools and create realistic goals to help us meet these expectations.
  • We need to place an emphasis on college and career readiness and think carefully about the best opportunities for each student before graduation.
  • The careers that stem from vocational training make up the backbone of our state and our country’s economy. We need to eliminate the stigma surrounding vocational training that prevents District 4 from building a competitive, premiere technical workforce.
  • We must continue to work together with local law enforcement to ease any existing burdens that prevent them from carrying out their respective duties and equip them with the tools they needs to keep our communities safe.
  • We need to pursue a joint effort with county commissions, city councils, and the legislature to provide adequate funding and incentives for departments and officers.
  • We need to fight for appropriate prison reform before a federal mandate is bestowed upon Alabama. Prison reform addressing the overcrowding will allow for more workforce training within the prisons in order to introduce individuals back into society as productive tax paying citizens.
  • Finally, our law enforcement officers are faced with new rising issues dealing with mental health. We want to provide law enforcement with a solution and the resources to help the families in need -- not a “short term solution to a long term problem.” The goal is to encourage those in need to reach out for help, have the resources in place, and allow law enforcement to act without uncertainty.
Garlan Gudger for Alabama State Senate District Four