By Brandon Moseley

A north Alabama mom and former businesswoman is running for State House District 4. Shelia Banister spoke to the Madison County Republican Party Executive Committee, where she is President.

“As a mother, wife, businesswoman, and American, I am very concerned about our future and the direction we are headed,” Banister said. “We need more than just a representative who drives to Montgomery and casts a casual vote. We need leaders in Montgomery who are willing to roll up their sleeves and find commonsense solutions to our problems. We need leaders who are not afraid to stand up for American values and say no to cancel culture, no to censorship, and no to big government overreach of any kind. I am that type of leader and would find it a privilege and solemn responsibility to serve the people of the 4th District.”

Banister said deciding to run for office has been a process for her. After spending two years going to her daughter’s school board about concerns that were unheard, and seeing how things have been handled during COVID, she knew she had to do something.

“COVID hit and now we are seeing our freedoms under attack,” Banister added. “There were haves and have nots, businesses were shut down. We were told not to go to Church…They have set neighbor against neighbor.

“I have an American dream. I grew up in a single-family home. I went to public schools and the teachers there taught me that I can do anything that I set my mind on.”

Banister said that she is a “former Businesswoman, nonprofit executive, and former consultant to Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and nonprofit organizations. She has a master’s degree in organizational management.

“Sheila will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of representative,” said Limestone County Commissioner Danny Barksdale. “Her commonsense leadership approach is what we need in Montgomery.”

Banister said that her platform “will focus on key issues such as education reform, prison reform, supporting small businesses,” and “protecting constitutional rights and freedom from government overreach.”

Banister promised to, “Also support legislation that offers strong infrastructure solutions, price transparency in health care and further protection for our first responders.”

The Fourth District has gotten much smaller geographically after redistricting due to the incredible growth in the greater Huntsville area.

The Republican primary will be on May 24, 2022.