By Jean Cole
The future of Limestone County is what seemed to prompt Adam Hutchins to run for the District 3 seat on the Limestone County Commission.
Hutchins, 48, is one of four men who qualified to run for the seat in the June 3 Republican primary. His opponents, so far, are fellow Republicans Hollis Hogan and Jason Black. James “Curtis” Turner is also running for the D-3 seat but in the June 3 Democratic primary. Third-party candidates have until June 3 to qualify for the Nov. 4 general election, which will decide who becomes the next commissioner.
“I truly believe Athens Limestone to be one of the most loving, friendliest places in the nation, and I am excited to be instrumental in the county’s growth,” Hutchins said. “The children of Limestone are the future of Limestone and I seek to be a good steward of their inheritance.”
He said he envisions “a county that is debt-free, business-friendly, with a low tax rate, and growing and prosperous due to the blessings of the Lord.”
Hutchins and his wife, Jenny, manage a full house, with 11 children ranging from newborn to age 19. They are permanent residents of Limestone County and active in the local church and community.
Born in Montgomery and raised in the southeast, Hutchins has a degree in math education and experience in public education, agricultural sales, church administration, accounting and technical support, he said.
“These experiences have equipped me with a broad range of skills, including problem solving, communication and management,” he said.
He believes his experience as a provider also would help make him a good commissioner.
“My experience managing a large family on a modest income has prepared me to manage the largest district in our county on a small budget,” he said. “To govern is to serve, and attending to the needs of the community and encouraging its future growth would be an expansion of the privilege I experience in serving my family.”
He added that a government that is truly representative “won’t keep spending irresponsibly when its citizens are sacrificing to make ends meet.”
Hutchins said he is concerned about “the present state of our nation, the ever-growing debt and the continuing encroachment of government upon the liberties of the people.”
Fixing these problems, he said, requires a “principled approach” that begins “with a solid understanding of the limited role of government.”
He said he supports Alabama Constitution, Article 1, section 35, which reads: “The sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.”
Hutchins believes communicating with and being accountable to his constituents is a key element in the role of county commissioner.
“One of the most rewarding things about this campaign has been the opportunity for me and my family to get to know more of my future constituents,” he said. “I seek and welcome their input and concerns.”
For more information about the candidate or to contact him with comments or concerns, go online to his website at www.Adam2014.com. His telephone number is 256-216-9945.