In late 2017, The Star launched Your State, Your Say, a project examining the top issues facing Alabama as we prepare for the 2018 race for governor. The first step was for Alabama residents to tell us what’s on their minds. The most basic question: What concerns you about Alabama?
Here's what we've found.
Health care is a priority among Alabama voters. “Small hospitals, in particular those in Alabama’s underserved, rural counties, are under tremendous financial pressure,” UAB Health System CEO Will Ferniany.
The online survey asked respondents to tell us what they consider to be the most important issues facing Alabama. Their answers:
- Education: 72 percent
- Health care: 70 percent
- Corruption: 54 percent
- Budget and/or taxes: 40 percent
- Jobs/unemployment: 40 percent
Right out of the gate, candidates in the 2018 statewide elections seemed to make political corruption one of their top talking points.
Talking is great, but acting is even better.
We encourage each candidate to present voters with specific ethics plans he or she would implement if elected.
Click here to take a deep dive into our Your State, Your Say survey results.
Want to add your two cents? You can also leave your thoughts on The Star’s SpeakOut hotline by calling 256-405-9860 or email your thoughts by clicking here.