In one of his first interviews since winning the election for who will represent House District 7 in the Alabama Legislature, State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) said he was sticking to campaign pledges and putting medical freedom and school choice at the top of his list of priorities.

Yarbrough appeared on WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show" with fill-in host State Auditor-elect Andrew Sorrell on Friday to emphasize the importance of protecting freedom and liberty, which he cited as a primary duty of a state legislator.

"Well, I'd like to say a bill that preserves all of our freedoms and liberties, but that's a little bit too broad," Yarbrough said. "Obviously, it is where my passion is. And also, I ran on a passion of things like medical freedom. I had friends who lost their jobs who served during COVID in the medical profession in my county, in my district. So, medical freedom is something that is important to me and the right to make choices for ourselves."

"Another thing that I'm passionate about, and I think it's an area that a lot of parents are very concerned about in my district, and I think across the state and across the country, is school choice," he continued. "I think it's really important that parents be acknowledged as the God-given caretakers and providers of their children and that they have the final say in what they feel like is going to be good for the mind, body and soul of their kids. And so, I think it's important that, you know, in America, we're built on this unique idea. In Egypt, they built pyramids where with one point at the top, and that was done in part because Pharoah wanted to reinforce that he was at the top and everyone else had to look up to him and do what he said, right? But in America, we have this unique idea that we invert the pyramid and we build it on the basis that point at the bottom is individual rights and freedoms. As you go up, it gets wider and wider, more people go up and have a say to ultimately protect individual rights."

"And so, I think that we have to honor our parents, we have to honor our children," Yarbrough added. "And there's no question – education is the battlefield for the minds and souls of our kids. So, I think it's important that we empower parents with the God-given freedoms to protect their kids and make a choice in what they believe is the best for their children's mind, body and soul."

Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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