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2018 Primary: A look at candidates for State Senator District 13

The open primary elections for Alabama state senate are set for June 5 and the race for District 13, an area representing portions of Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee and Randolph counties, has four candidates.

Darrell Turner is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The general election in November will be his second vie for the position, as Turner lost to Gerald Dial, the current Republican state senator, in the 2014 race.

“This race is not about Democrats or Republicans as much as it is having a servant’s heart,” Turner has posted to his campaign website. “It is about a brighter future, better education for our children, and a better quality of life for everybody as a whole.”

Since Dial has announced he will not seek re-election, three Republicans have thrown their hats in the ring for a spot on November’s ballot.

Opelika native Randy Price has never held political office before and announced his debut in September. Price runs his own construction company, operates a commercial trucking company and spent 30 years raising cattle on his family’s farm. He is married to Lee County’s Revenue Commissioner Oline Price.

“I decided to run for state Senate because I believe it’s time to end the politics-as-usual mentality in Montgomery,” Price said in a press release issued from his campaign. “Our state has been through a lot this year, and I want to bring a family values, morals and business mindset to Montgomery. It’s time for integrity and a hard work ethic that people can trust.”

Mike Sparks, the director of Alabama Department of Forensic Science since 2007 and employee of the department for the last 40 years, is also running.
The Clay County resident announced in September that he would run to improve working pay, education and public safety.

“Our elected officials work for us, but I think some of them lose sight of that from time to time. I know how government works and I know how to make it work better. I can help make government smaller, more transparent and more accountable to the taxpayer,” Sparks said in a press release.

The final Republican candidate, Tim Sprayberry, is well versed in Alabama races. Sprayberry was a candidate for Alabama House of Representatives District 39 in 2010 and later narrowly lost the Republican primary to Dial for District 13 by 423 votes. The Auburn graduate is a former member of law enforcement and former Chairman of the Cleburne County Republican party.

Darrell Turner is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The general election in November will be his second vie for the position, as Turner lost to Gerald Dial, the current Republican state senator, in the 2014 race.

“This race is not about Democrats or Republicans as much as it is having a servant’s heart,” Turner has posted to his campaign website. “It is about a brighter future, better education for our children, and a better quality of life for everybody as a whole.”

Since Dial has announced he will not seek re-election, three Republicans have thrown their hats in the ring for a spot on November’s ballot.

Opelika native Randy Price has never held political office before and announced his debut in September. Price runs his own construction company, operates a commercial trucking company and spent 30 years raising cattle on his family’s farm. He is married to Lee County’s Revenue Commissioner Oline Price.

“I decided to run for state Senate because I believe it’s time to end the politics-as-usual mentality in Montgomery,” Price said in a press release issued from his campaign. “Our state has been through a lot this year, and I want to bring a family values, morals and business mindset to Montgomery. It’s time for integrity and a hard work ethic that people can trust.”

Mike Sparks, the director of Alabama Department of Forensic Science since 2007 and employee of the department for the last 40 years, is also running.
The Clay County resident announced in September that he would run to improve working pay, education and public safety.

“Our elected officials work for us, but I think some of them lose sight of that from time to time. I know how government works and I know how to make it work better. I can help make government smaller, more transparent and more accountable to the taxpayer,” Sparks said in a press release.

The final Republican candidate, Tim Sprayberry, is well versed in Alabama races. Sprayberry was a candidate for Alabama House of Representatives District 39 in 2010 and later narrowly lost the Republican primary to Dial for District 13 by 423 votes. The Auburn graduate is a former member of law enforcement and former Chairman of the Cleburne County Republican party.