Two vie for state senator

Published 6:12 pm Monday, November 6, 2006

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Voters will head to the polls beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday to make a decision on just who will hold the position as state senator for District 22.
The office is currently held by incumbent Pat Lindsey, democrat and is being challenged by John McMillan on the republican ticket.
Lindsey is currently serving his sixth term in the Senate. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree earned in the field of geology from the University of Alabama. He is also a graduate of the University of Alabama Law School.
He is an attorney, a Democrat and of the Methodist faith. He is also a member of the Alabama and American Bar Associations, the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Alabama Alumni Association. Hobies are hunting, fishing, and coaching youth baseball and football in his spare time.
Regarding the most important issues facing Alabama, Lindsey said he feels there are several issues to consider. 
Other issues Lindsey regards as important is tax relief and building the state infrastructure.
Lindsey has conducted his campaign in a variety of ways including distribution of literature and advertisements on radio and television. His has attended many events throughout the district and has participated in town meetings and roundtable discussions with other candidates, including his opponent.
McMillan is a native of Stockton where he grew up working on his uncle's farm and in his father's sawmill. His education in grades one through nine was at Stockton's school followed by Baldwin County High School and Rhodes College where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. After college, John worked at the sawmill for the next 20 years and was active in Stockton, Bay Minette and Baldwin County civic and community affairs. He served as Chairman of the North Baldwin United Way and President of the Bay Minette Area Chamber of Commerce and Bay Minette Kiwanis Club.
McMillan's first venture into elected public service was in 1969 when Governor Albert Brewer appointed him to a vacancy on the Baldwin County Commission. He ran for and was elected State Representative in 1974 and was re-elected in 1978. While in the House his primary service was on the State Administration Committee and the Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Committee, which he chaired. During his tenure in the House, John was twice recognized as the Alabama Wildlife Federation's Legislative Conservationist of the Year.
In 1980, Gov. Fob James appointed McMillan, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. McMillan played major roles as Commissioner in rebuilding Gulf State Park after Hurricane Frederick, passage of significant legislation protecting Alabama's wildlife and fisheries resources and the $449 million off shore oil and gas lease sale which led to the establishment of the Alabama Trust Fund. He went to work for the Alabama Forestry Association in 1983 and became the Association's Executive Vice President in 1986. Active in numerous forestry, association and business organizations McMillan has chaired the Alabama Forestry Council, Alabama Forestry Planning Committee, Alabama Council of Association Executives, and Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee. In addition, he is a member of numerous professional and related organizations including: the National Federation of Independent Business, Alabama Farmers Federation, Business Council of Alabama, Society of American Foresters, Alabama Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Bay Minette Rotary Club and the American Society of Association Executives, where he attained recognition as a Certified Association Executive.
McMillan serves on the Board of the University of South Alabama Foundation and is serving his second term on the State of Alabama's Personnel Board having been appointed by Governor Fob James and re-appointed by Governor Bob Riley. He also serves on to Governor Riley's Commission on Efficiency, Consolidation and Funding and served on the Auburn University President's Commission on Agriculture.
McMillan and his wife, Kathryn, are members of the Stockton Presbyterian Church where he has served as deacon and elder.
McMillan feels the most important issues facing Alabama currently are education, infrastructure and the development and wise management of natural resources. He also feels there is a need for increased accountability for tax dollars.
Insuring economic growth for Escambia County, McMillan is ready to work for the district.
McMillan's campaign efforts have been centered on face-to-face interaction along with a strong grassroots effort, in coordination with direct mail, and media.