First candidate to announce running in the upcoming city election, sits down with WDHN for his first interview.
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 12 2021 8:32 AM
Bradley Bedwell is running for the current seat of District Three Commissioner, Albert Kirkland. His name will be on the ballot on the August 3rd Election. Bedwell owns several small businesses, holds all three of the Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor Designations.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Although municipal elections in Dothan are months away, one resident has already kicked off his campaign.
Bradley Bedwell has announced his intent to run for Dothan’s District 3 Commission seat.
“We are elected by the people and I intend to serve the people,” Bedwell told WDHN.
Even though Bedwell has just started his political journey, he has already formed goals for his district. His first goal: to help the east side of Dothan catch up to the west side’s growth rate.
“Put in the work, make parks and have community programs and you build up your side of the town,” Bedwell said.
The second goal: to foster communication between government officials and their constituents, especially regarding negative news.
“Whenever a constituent does not get a response from a commissioner, it makes them lose faith in government a little bit,” Bedwell explained. “I find that constituents can take bad news, but they just need somebody to come and tell them the truth and be transparent.”
Finally, goal number 3: encourage young people who grew up in Dothan to stay in Dothan.
“I don’t want my kids, once they’re 18, 20, and 22, to have to move away from Dothan, the city I love, just to find better opportunities,” Bedwell said.
Bedwell says his work as a small business owner has given him the skills needed to represent District 3 residents.
“The city commissioner role is a job, not a position,” Bedwell said. “Us as elected officials have got to get back to that way of thinking.”
As the months go on, Bedwell says District 3 residents can expect to hear from him and his campaign team.
“My entire campaign is going to be around grassroots,” Bedwell said. “Myself going to visit people and personally request their votes and just talk to people. What do they want in their district? That’s what it’s about, to serve the people.”
Currently, District 3 is being represented by Commissioner Albert Kirkland.
When WDHN contacted Commissioner Kirkland, he said he plans to make his own announcement regarding his seat in the next few weeks.
To learn more about Bedwell and his campaign, visit his website.