(WTVM) - Dr. Shirley Scott-Harris, the recently retired director of the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program in the College of Engineering at Auburn University, says politics has always been in her blood.
She is running on the democratic ticket against Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard to represent District 79.
"I will not be a speaker, but I will most certainly be a listener for the citizens of this great state," Harris said.
When news broke one week ago about Hubbard's arrest for nearly two dozen felony ethics law violations, Harris was determined to reinforce the idea that residents have a choice Nov. 4.
"I think it's important that we get back to a time where honesty and ethics a part of the whole government process. We've been lacking that," Harris said.
Harris says she has been focused on a positive campaign in Lee County.
She believes her prior corporate experience, along with her time at Auburn University and its engineering school, will continue to bring big business to the area.
"I feel that I will play an important role having that connection with AU to really make some bold progress when it comes to economic development," Harris said.
Harris knows facing an incumbent, especially the Speaker of the House, will be tough.
However, she is hopeful to represent District 79 and bring change to the capital city.