ELECT EASLEY

For Alabama House District 104

Forward thinking backed by old school values –Family, Friends, Faith, and Community

Meet Arlene

 

As the 7th (of 8) children, I recall my mother working multiple jobs, going to school at night, working her way up from cleaning kitchens to supervising a pre-K Head Start center. Even with the long hours of work and school, I recall her making certain that my siblings and I were assigned chores, and were not just in church, but were actively involved inSunday school, choir, and bible study.

 After a lifetime of educating children, we later discovered my mom had early onset Alzheimer’s and had made the conscious decision to pay her bills and not get the medications that could give her a better quality of life after retirement.

 Throughout my life, I’ve always felt the need to work harder, longer, and smarter. I’m guessing it’s the message from my observations as a child, and the mantra that it has led me to live by – “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” And, what lies inside of me is the spirit of a servant who has spent years volunteering in the community and helping to give a voice to others. I have taught Sunday school, served as church choir director, and served as part of our church’s worship team. I also recall the most inspiring moment of service that I’ve experienced – it was in leading a group of women in a clothing drive for a local women’s shelter.

 I have always believed that all things happen the way that God intends and in His time. So, my service in the community and in serving on the local Democratic Executive Committee has led me on the path to run for office. In thinking of my mother and her battle with Alzheimers, I realized that for Alabama families, these types of decisions are too often the norm and not the exception, and we all deserve better – better options and pathways for our seniors, our veterans, our workers, our small businesses, our educators, and our children!

 As a wife, mother of four daughters, and smart businesswoman backed by corporate experience, I understand the importance of collaborating and working together, and that partisan politics is taking us away from ensuring we’re meeting the needs of Alabamians. 

I am a Mobile native and hold a Master of Business Administration, bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management, Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science, and completed majority of coursework towards Master of Accountancy.

I began my professional career as a Military Design Project Coordinator / Budget Analyst, and later became an entrepreneur while also teaching college algebra and accounting as an Adjunct Professor.

I am a committed self-starter with over 20 years’ experience in budget and financial management, change management, strategy development, small business innovation, program execution, strategic planning, team building and emerging technologies.

I understand the importance of not only being able to, but being willing to step outside of the box to pursue opportunities — and have done so, both at work and within the community.

I have successfully developed long-range strategic plans, identified opportunities, and mitigated budget risks. I have successfully carved out an impressive career, and my exceptional strength in planning, forecasting and assessment, make me the top candidate in this race.

As state representative for District 104, I will legislate from the perspective of the people—working to build bridges on matters of importance to all families and all communities that I represent.

So, I look forward to taking the voices of ALL Alabamians with me to Montgomery and legislating for those things that are affecting ALL of our families; those things that keep us up at night! I look forward to working FOR you, and I thank you for your vote for me for Alabama House of Representatives District 104.

Building a Future Focused for All

Our current Republican-led House has failed to deliver on things that are important to our community, including a strong economy, competitive wages, and educational resources for our schools. In order for Alabama to move forward in a positive direction – one that we can work towards together – it’s time for a change! We need leaders in Montgomery who work for the people, are committed to the people, not leaders who work for special interest groups.

 

While I have always strived to meet my civic responsibility by volunteering, I never thought I would run for office. However that changed when I joined a group of wonderful women on a bus traveling from Mobile to Washington DC to participate in the Women’s March on Washington in January of 2017.  On that trip I realized that we each have to be the change that we want to see in the world, and in our state.

 

Growing up  in Alabama in the 1960s, I know what segregation looks and feels like. Going through integration in elementary school, I can see the great strides that we in our state have made over the last few decades. We deserve representatives in Montgomery who understand what it’s like to struggle, what it’s like to raise a family while going to school at night. We need leaders who know how to strategize, how to develop and manage a budget that will fund important line items such as education and mental health programs. We need leaders who understand how to create successful programs that will work in our state. We need compassionate leaders who understand the moral obligation of caring for the elderly, for the sick, for the impoverished. We need practical leaders who understand how to build a competitive workforce, who know the importance in investing in education and jobs.

 

I am that leader. I have the experience and the commitment. I want to take the voice of all the people in District 104 with me to Montgomery, where I can stand in solidarity with you and improve the lives of all Alabamians.

Education

While some of our challenges to improve education throughout the state seem daunting, I’m encouraged that there’s much consensus emerging on which key issues in education to address. Our state must do more to help students catch up more quickly, especially as we raise expectations for all children. Otherwise, economic prospects within the state will likely worsen.

Healthcare

Alabama’s health ranking is 43rd in the nation, up four positions in the last two years, but we still have work to do. No working man or woman should be an accident or diagnosis away from financial ruin. Healthcare is a basic human right. And, in this country, we fight for basic human rights. Together, we must assure families that unexpected sickness will not deplete their life savings or leave them homeless.

Economy

Our competitive position in the global economy depends upon the skills of our workforce. To stay ahead, we need broader and more effective investments that enable our workforce to continually increase its skills and adapt to global economic shifts. Our economy is changing, and we must work to anticipate and respond to these changes.

Jobs

Middle-skill jobs (those that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree) make up the largest part of our labor market. Yet, key industries are unable to find sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. It’s time to turn our attention to a forgotten middle

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