Incumbent Baughn, Wadsworth in race for District 14 seat
by Rachel Davis
Feb 08, 2014 | 1499 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Rep. Richard Baughn will seek re-election to his District 14 seat in 2014. Baughn will face fellow Republican Tim Wadsworth in the June primary. This district serves the western, northern and southern portions of Walker County, as well as a portion of Winston and North Jefferson counties.

Baughn is in his first term as state representative. Over the past four years, he said he helped pass ethics bills to eliminate corruption in Montgomery, worked to lower unemployment and improve the economy for the private sector, cut wasteful spending of tax dollars, attract mining projects and worked to protect and expand second ammendment rights.

“My legislative colleagues and I have worked hard to pass major legislation that will continue to spur economic development throughout the state by providing tax incentives for new businesses investing and developing in Alabama.” Baughn said. “The red tape reduction act, which aims at protecting small business, is a milestone for the business community.

He said the pro-business agendas he has supported, Alabama’s unemployment has dipped from 9 percent in November of 2010 to 6.2 percent three years later.

Baughn has worked for the United Parcel Service for the past 36 years. He is a member of Old Zion Methodist Church and father of two.

“If re-elected, I will continue to be honest, transparent and responsive in my duties serving the people of District 14.”

Wadsworth, a Winston County resident, is an attorney with offices in Arley and Sulligent.

“I sat on the sidelines for many years in hopes of being in a position to one day serve in government for my area,” Wadsworth said. “Now is the time in my life that I would like to give back to the communities that have blessed me and my family.”

Wadsworth said his family has deep roots in the Winston County area. His great-grandfather was the first postmaster in Arley, his grandfather was road commissioner and began a family retail business that is still operated by members of his family.

“I’m running to make a positive difference in our area of the state where we work to improve infrastructure, keep education properly funded and aggressively pursue new businesses to locate here,” Wadsworth said. “I will be available to the people for their input because the best ideas originate locally, not in Montgomery.”

He is married to Virginia Wadsworth and the couple has three children and one grandchild.

No Democrats have qualified to run for the seat.