Holloway, Williams seek spot on commission

Published 12:31 am Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Only one of the four members of the Dallas County Commission faced opposition this year and that was District 3 commissioner Curtis Williams. Williams is facing challenger Adrian K. Holloway in Tuesday’s election.

“Nobody would want a doctor to operate on him that had never performed surgery, had never been under anyone … with anyone (and) never had the opportunity to operate on individuals,” Williams said, touting his experience in the race. “You don’t want a lawyer to represent you in court who is not trained. You would not even want anyone to work on your car who didn’t know the difference between a screwdriver and a wrench.”

While Williams speaks of his experience, Holloway says it is his youth that is an asset.

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“When I came home, I noticed a lack of young leadership,” Holloway said, who spent years in north Alabama as an insurance agent. “I decided to get involved in the community. I did a lot of volunteering. I worked tirelessly with the Selma Recreation Department, coaching baseball and football and volunteering at Selma High School. I saw the need of young leadership in our local government.”

Holloway plans to bring new technology, new ideas, strong vision and progress to his community. Holloway also wants to be hands-on with the public.

“No one is elected for the first time with 10 years of experience in office,” Holloway said, who has also worked as a social worker. “Thurgood Marshall had to have a first trial; Johnny Cochran had to have a first trial; Dr. King had to have a first sermon (and) JFK … he had to have a first term. All those were great young leaders and look what they developed into.”

In both races, both men have said their main focus if elected would be working on economic development and job creation.