“Honestly, I care,” Susan DuBose told 1819 News when she kicked off her campaign. “I care about conservative policy. I have this passion for it.”

DuBose is running for State Representative for House District 45. DuBose, the 2021 President of the Republican Women of North Shelby County, celebrated with a kickoff party on Sept. 14 in her Greystone neighborhood and has been campaigning since.

DuBose said she has been involved in politics for about 10 years. She said she has always been interested in politics and policy, and she is running as a true conservative. Her background is in finance but said she took time off to raise her children. After they went off to college, she began to devote more of her time to local politics.

DuBose retired from Compass Bank after years of service as a residential, commercial, construction loan officer and business development officer. She got the idea to run for office after she identified a weakness in leadership within her district.

“What’s happened in the last couple of years is that I started noticing that my particular representative was no longer voting as a conservative,” DuBose said.

Conservative values are what DuBose wants to keep for her district. She said she was more convinced that was not happening when she read the Alabama Policy Institute’s 2021 Watchlist. The API scores lawmakers 1 – 100 on their conservative stances.

"I believe the citizens of District 45 should know who their State Representative is," DuBose said ahead of the primary election. "For too long, District 45 has had someone who barely leaves the city of Leeds. And I know because I've knocked on over 5,051 doors since March and made over 8,000 phone calls to meet face-to-face with as many citizens as possible. Our district has wonderful people who deserve solid conservative representation. Unfortunately, we've been missing it for a long time. I say it's time for a change in the right direction."

Some key issues DuBose would like to focus on are education and support for school choice, election integrity and voting fraud prevention, small government and fewer taxes, and prevention of mandates on Alabamians, particularly concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.

“That’s what I’m hearing from my constituents, that they are tired of this government overreach,” DuBose said.

DuBose considers herself more of a public servant than a politician. She also encourages other women to get involved and to run for office.

If she wins the race, DuBose said she would be accessible and share her cell phone number with all constituents.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to fight for each citizen of District 45 and the state of Alabama," DuBose said. "Our nation is under attack from liberals who want to change the very fabric of our great nation. I have always worked hard, stood for what is right, and now I am standing up to represent the citizens of District 45 here in Alabama."

DuBose is running against incumbent Dickie Drake (R), of Leeds.

This seat is polling as one of the closest races in the Alabama House of Representatives in Tuesday’s Republican primary. House District 45 includes parts of Jefferson, St. Clair and Shelby Counties.

The Republican nominee will likely win this seat in Nov. as no Democrat has qualified in HD45.

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