I am a family values, committed conservative businessman who has lived and worked in Alabama House District 43 for more than 28 years. I am the son of a US Army veteran who served in World War II and a government civil servant with the Air Force during World War II.
Thank you for taking time to get to know me, my family, my values, and my views. I ask for your vote and the opportunity to serve as your representative. With your help, together we can stand and fight for our conservative ideals and make a difference for everyone in House District 43 and all of the people of our great state!
During the war my father, Arnold senior, and his brothers – all Alabama boys – served America in the Army and Air Force. My father served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the European Theater. My mother Lillian moved from southern Kentucky to work at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, where my parents met and married after the war.
Listening to the stories and wisdom of my parents, I learned from an early age that personal responsibility, hard work, strong values and ideals were the basic fundamentals needed in life. I attended public schools in Montgomery and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School.
I attended Samford University here in Birmingham on academic scholarships and work-study programs and was subsequently awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees with highest honors in political science and history. I was actually the first person from my family to get a college degree. During my time at Samford I served as Student Government Association President and interned at the Alabama Legislature. I studied abroad at the University of Oxford (England), as a Rotary Scholar sponsored from the Rotary Club of Birmingham and as a Scottish Rite Foundation Fellow in post graduate study in the School of Government and Business Administration at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
My experience in government and political activities, comes from having served as a Staff Assistant for Alabama’s United States Senator James B. Allen, running Congressman Albert Lee Smith’s United States Senate campaign, as well as, Alabama legislative races for the House and Senate. I have been privileged to serve as Chairman for the last 12 years of Representative Mary Sue McClurkin’s successful campaigns for Alabama State House District 43. I will provide a seamless transition from her outstanding service to continued strong, effective leadership as a constitutional conservative.
Why I am running
Unlike The Greatest Generation, the biggest threat to our God given rights and freedoms comes from within our own country. Within a decade we have seen our nation’s debt and problems multiply. Washington continues to pass multi-thousand page laws and assumes the solutions to our nation’s issues are mandated from the top down. US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said that states are laboratories of democracy. It is time for our state government to take a more active role in fighting back against the encroachment of the federal government. Our nation has strayed from the federalist principles that have enabled this great experiment of self-government. Now “Big Government” members of Congress think they know what is best for Alabamians and pass laws that detrimentally affect important areas of our life in business, healthcare and education. Therefore, I am a determined advocate for Alabama asserting its constitutionally guaranteed states rights.
I am a career Commercial Realtor, holding the CCIM designation, currently Associate Broker with Southeast Commercial Partners and formerly a Vice President with Colonial Properties Trust for 27 years. I am Life Member and Vulcan Award Recipient for Club of Excellence/Commercial Million Dollar Sales Club of the Birmingham Association of Realtors. With more than 30 years of experience serving small businesses, I understand first-hand that they are the economic engine that drives forward employment in Alabama and our nation. Fifteen years of experience developing and implementing jobs programs through the Workforce Invest Board have taught me the necessity of training and education in securing better employment for our citizens.
My wife Kelly and I have been married for 31 years; have three grown children, a grandson and a granddaughter arriving this year! Kelly is Director of Admissions at Briarwood Christian School where all of our children graduated. Please see our family photo for more details.
My past and current activities include the Alabama Policy Institute; Eagle Forum of Alabama – Board of Directors; Work Force Investment Board – Finance Chairman and past Chairman and Vice Chairman; Uncharted Waters Sports Ministry – Board Chairman; Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Board of Directors and Executive Committee for North Central Alabama; Briarwood Christian School – Capital campaigns, Booster Club and soccer program; Meadow Brook Baptist Church – having served in a variety of positions including Deacon, Chairman of Capital Campaign for Church Sanctuary, Chairman of Personnel Committee; Southern Seminary Foundation – Board of Directors; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Alabama – for twenty years in fund raising, Committee Chairman and Board of Directors; Furman University Rugby – led fundraising campaign for the Rugby Stadium; Monday Morning Quarterback Club; St. Andrew’s Society – past President; President for two terms with the Meadow Brook Homeowners Association; and financially supporting many Christian and civic charities.