Meet the candidates: Alabama House of Representatives District 38

(WTVM)  -  Three Republicans are battling for one spot to challenge the unopposed democrat for the Alabama House of Representatives District 38 position.

Current representative Isaac Whorton is not seeking re-election after taking over back in 2014.

Meet the Republican candidates who say they all stand for protecting the 2nd amendment and improving education:

Bryan Murphy

With 35 years of business experience, a veterinarian and University of Florida and Auburn University graduate. Bryan Murphy says he is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment and is looking to give people relief with fewer taxes. improving the classroom also tops his list.

"I know one of the biggest things on my agenda is education in Alabama. We need to improve our rankings we need to get the resources the teachers need we need to repeal common core," said Murphy.

Murphy said he also wants to focus on school safety. "We need to be able to let our children, grandchildren, teachers, and administrators be in school and know they are safe and not worry about someone coming in school with a gun.

Todd Rauch

On to the next candidate, an Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient – Todd Rauch moved to Opelika after finishing his time serving with our military, now he wants to serve in government.

He too stands for protecting the second amendment and wanting to improve education. Also touching on being a voice for represented areas.

"With the ethics law, let's say you're a realtor, you can't vote on issues that have to do with economic development, reality, building new houses… the district loses its voice. I want to represent the district on all aspects of the community," said Rauch.

Rauch also said he is looking to create a better pathway for high school graduates to land a skill-trade job or end up pursuing higher education in college.

Debbie Wood

Candidate Debbie Wood,  a small business owner out of Valley who says her four main goals are to focus on jobs for the future, infrastructure for the future, ethics and education. Wood says she's proved herself by recruiting jobs to Chambers County and will continue to do so if elected.

"I've been involved with the EB-5 program, EB-5 program is where you actually bring in dollars from people who want to invest in companies where they get visas for doing that and come to our country for five years, but it's basically free money for your industries," said Wood.

Wood also a previously elected official serving on Chambers County commission.

The winner of the primary will go on to face unopposed Democratic candidate Brian McGee in November.

If needed, a runoff election for this race would be held on July 17 and the general election is set for Nov. 6.

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