Pols offer insight

Published 5:50 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2006

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Voters will go to the polls Nov. 7 to decide who will hold the seat for the office of state representative for District 66, which includes Baldwin and Escambia County.
Candidates are Democratic incumbent F.P. &#8220Skippy” White and Alan Baker.
Incumbent for the office is F.P. &#8220Skippy” White. White was elected to the office in 1982. He was born July 7, 1941. He and his wife, Clara, are the parents of three children: Todd, Hugh, and Sarah Anne. In addition to serving as a firefighter for the City of Pensacola for 12 years, White served as a councilman for the City of Pollard for seven years.
White indicated funding the general fund is the one of the main issues facing Alabama.
Economic growth in Escambia County is a concern for the area, and candidates were questioned about possible actions on the part of their office to help insure that growth.
White said he has campaigned in many ways ranging from face-to-face contact with constituents; radio, television and newspaper advertising; political cards, fliers, and other handout materials as well as press conferences and other political functions.
Baker, a native of Brewton, is retired from public education with 27 years of service. He taught in areas of history and was a multi-sport coach. He currently heads his business career in mortgage and refinancing maintaining an office in Brewton.
He and his wife, Kaki Stokes Baker, are active members of First Baptist Church f Brewton. He serves as a board member for the American Red Cross, Brewton Habitat for Humanity and the Brewton Area YMCA. In addition, Baker is a member of the Escambia County Retired Teachers Association, Escambia County Historical Society, Brewton Kiwanis Club and a supporter of PALS (People Against a Littered State). He is a graduate of T.R. Miller High School and Auburn University.
Baker said the most important issues facing Alabama are education, economic development and rising health-care costs.
Baker said he believes that to insure economic growth in Escambia County the infrastructure must be improved.
Baker also said he does recognize the importance and need to retain and assist existing businesses to entice their growth and expansion.
Baker said he has campaigned for more than a year by getting out into grassroots in meeting people all across the district. He has been involved in town meetings; visited local businesses; attended community functions, athletic events, civic meetings; and meeting voters in face-to-face situations.

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