Singleton turns eye to general

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 17, 2004

GREENSBORO – After defeating fellow Democrat Thomas Moore during Tuesday’s Primary Run-off, State Rep. Bobby Singleton has his eyes set on his next challenge from Republican candidate the Rev. James Carter and his future plans while on the Senate floor.

Singleton will once again have to rally his troops and supporters for the special called general election that will be held on Jan. 25. His supporters are the main cog in his political machine that he credits for his victory during the run-off.

“We have a strong camp of supporters and campaign workers both in Greensboro and Tuscaloosa that have worked tirelessly on getting the message to the people of the district,” Singleton said. “With their continued support and work we will be victorious come January.”

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He has a game plan that his camp has been following that started with Moore and will end with Carter. Carter has qualified to run against Singleton in January and Singleton sounds ready to face him.

“Carter will not be taken lightly by our camp,” Singleton said. “I look forward to facing him in January.”

His platform during the last campaign was based on strengthening the local school systems of District 24 and acquiring new jobs and industries as well. The schools have to become better prepared for the future of the district as well as the ability to secure jobs and new industry for the area, he said.

“Without a backbone of strong school systems supplying the area with educated people to work in new industries, the problems of the district will never be solved,” Singleton said.

He said he wants to work on changing the minds of the people of District 24 and make them start to look at the district more regionally. He said with the help of the local governments and county officials, the idea of regionalism should make its way to the people soon.

“We want more industries to come to the 24th district and we know that Tuscaloosa is the number one home of industries in the region and along with Demopolis, who is the second,” Singleton said. “When these industries prosper in these cities it only opens up the rest of the district for industries as well.”

He is also starting a new program in the district called H.O.P.E. 24. H.O.P.E. 24 stands for Helping Our People Excel in District 24. This new program will be made up of working class people, government agencies, civic and social clubs, and anyone else who wants to make a difference in the district.