By Rebecca Beasley
Sen. Billy Beasley and Rep. Berry Forte have announced that they are seeking re-election to the seats they currently hold in the Alabama Legislature. Both are seeking re-election in the Democratic Primary to be held on May 24, 2022.
Sen. Beasley is seeking his fourth term to the Alabama Senate District 28 seat. He was elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving in the Alabama House of Representatives for three terms.
Rep. Forte was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010 in District 84 when Sen. Beasley vacated the seat to run for the Senate.
In an interview with The Clayton Record, Sen. Beasley said he is committed to being a strong advocate for rural healthcare availabilities in the state.
Both legislators stated they had stood firmly on several attempts that have been made to relocate and close three state prisons in their districts, two in Barbour County and one in Bullock County.
Both have expressed their desire to see the existing prison facilities expanded and renovated rather than spending money to purchase additional property and build new prisons that will create a massive debt for the taxpayers of Alabama. Both expressed the importance of improving infrastructure, technology, and job opportunities in their districts.
Sen. Beasley and Rep. Forte expressed their concerns about the availability of broadband in all areas. In today’s world, the availability of broadband to help existing businesses and entice new industries and students and other school personnel is critically important.
Providing quality education for students from Pre-Kindergarten to higher education, including community colleges, also is important to both legislators. Providing educational opportunities to all young people in Alabama is a priority, they said.
In making their announcement to seek re-election, both legislators expressed appreciation to voters who have allowed them to serve in the Alabama Legislature and ask that they allow them to continue representing their districts. Sen. Beasley’s current district includes all of Barbour, Bullock, Henry, and Macon counties and a portion of Russell and Houston counties.
Rep. Forte’s current district includes Barbour and Bullock counties and a portion of Russell County.