Alabama GOP Senate candidate Katie Britt visits Gadsden

US Senate candidate Katie Britt was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Etowah County Republican Committee’s annual Reagan-Martin Dinner at The Venue at Coosa Landing.

Britt, a former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and a veteran of Sen. Richard Shelby’s staff, is considered the favorite in the Nov. 8 general election, where she will face Democrat Will Boyd and Libertarian John Sophocleo. is abandoned by Shelby after six dates.

She joined a number of Republican state officials and candidates, as well as local politicians, at the dinner honoring former President Ronald Reagan and former U.S. Rep. and staunch GOP Jim Martin of Gadsden.

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Among those in attendance were Public Service Commission Chairwoman Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh; state Supreme Court candidate Greg Cook; Secretary of State nominee Wes Allen; Court of Appeals Judges Bill Cole and Chris McCool; and Court of Civil Appeals Judge Matt Fridy.

Britt answered five questions from The Times during a brief pre-dinner interview:

What issues do voters tell you are most important to them?

People talk about inflation, the price of gas and goods. They talk about not being able to make ends meet and actually having to make tough decisions looking to the future. So that’s No. 1. That’s what we hear about all the time, the economy and inflation. (No.) 2 I’d say it’s a crime. The people want a nation, a community, where we value our law enforcement officers, where we recognize that they leave the safety of their homes so that we can return to ours. And we’re looking for, as moms and dads, you want your children to be raised in safe communities. We know it starts with just that level of respect. Then I would say education. I understand a lot. We took a look at our children’s education during the pandemic, the children who couldn’t return to the classroom, and the learning loss we saw there. Also the need to educate our children and not indoctrinate them. I would say those are the main issues; plus you hear a lot about the border. People are concerned not only about the number of illegal immigrants coming across the border, but really about fentanyl hitting close to home.

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