Dr. Jennifer Marsden Announces Campaign for House District 93
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 25 2014 7:11 AM
Newton, AL – Family doctor and Army Veteran Jennifer Marsden officially announced this week that she will be running for the Alabama Legislature in House District 93 as a Democrat. Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, currently represents this district , which encompasses Dale County and parts of northwestern Houston County.
"Too many of my patients- hardworking Alabamians and Veterans- are in a horrible situation when they get sick or injured: unable to afford proper medical care in the most advanced nation in the world. The problems with healthcare in Alabama are too big for me to solve in the doctor's office, so I decided to run for state office," said Marsden. "We have to fix healthcare: the Affordable Care Act, with all its flaws, is at least some action after years of accepting the unacceptable. Our state's lack of support for the ACA and refusing the Medicaid Expansion are hurting us. Half our uninsured Veterans could get Medicaid coverage if we expand it."
Dr. Marsden, who is an internationally published board-certified Family Physician, graduated with honors from Harvard University and obtained her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She served in the US Army for over 7 years, commanding two overseas detachments, and completed her service with the rank of Major. Her military decorations include the Army Parachutist Badge and Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Marsden has provided medical care for military families in Texas, served as the campus medical director at Pensacola Christian College, and practiced in England for 3 years. She has cared for underprivileged Alabama residents and immigrant farm workers in Slocomb and, most recently, Alabama Veterans at the Wiregrass VA Clinic.
Dr. Marsden said her campaign would center on four major principles: superior health care for all Alabamians, high quality job creation, improving public education and selfless service.
“I stand for selfless service in the spirit of those individuals who represented our citizens at the time of our founding fathers. These brave Americans were not professional politicians, they were farmers, authors, printers, merchants, physicians and brewers," she stated. "They followed through on their commitment to serve the public good, completed their term in office, despite hardships, and then returned to tend their own business again."
Dr. Marsden said the key to quality job creation is to have a well-educated and healthy workforce; this will attract companies without dispensing wasteful corporate welfare and tax breaks that strain our state budget. Expanding vocational training and small business "incubators" will help grow our economy in the long-term.
Dr. Jennifer Marsden has lived and worked in the Wiregrass for over 7 years. Her husband, COL (Ret) Ronald King, recently retired from the US Army and now manages her election campaign. They have two children: Cecilia, who is an Aerospace Engineering major at the University of Alabama and Veronica, who attends public middle school.