Incumbent Randy Wood, R-Saks, Tuesday night was re-elected to the District 36 seat of the Alabama House of Representatives.
Wood has represented the district, which encompasses parts of Saks, Alexandria and Weaver, for 16 years. Owner of an Anniston auto body shop, Wood has often sponsored bills in favor of law enforcement. He said infrastructure across the state will be his first focus.
“We’ve got to look at the big picture with infrastructure as the top priority,” he said Tuesday night. “Everything should come into line after that.”
Wood said his role as lawmaker means acting on behalf of the people’s wishes instead of his own, which he said is the reason he voted for a lottery amendment to the Alabama Constitution. He said about 300 people asked him to vote for such an amendment, which would allow a lottery question to be put to the voters.
Wood’s opponent, Nicki Arnold-Swindle, is a National Guardsman and the community family life minister at First Christian Church in Anniston. Arnold-Swindle in 2004 lost her race for an open seat on Jacksonville City Council after former Councilman Homer Bundrum resigned after a sex crimes conviction in 2003.
Last month Arnold-Swindle said she entered the race over concerns with health care, education and population decline in the Anniston area, problems she said are best solved at the state level.
Wood said Tuesday he was grateful for the opportunity to be re-elected and represent the people of the district for another term.
“I don’t take any of this lightly,” he said. “It takes hard work and being honest with people. I’m very, very fortunate to have been doing this for 16 years.”