The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

July 15, 2013

Democrat Scott Ninesling seeks Ala. lt. governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who spends half his time working in Africa plans to run as a Democrat against Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey.

Scott Ninesling (nihn-SLING') said Monday his job as a fire chief and emergency response supervisor for a liquefied natural gas plant in Angola requires him to spend every other month out of the country, but he believes good planning will allow him to mount a strong campaign during the time he is home in Alabama.

Ninesling, 42, grew up in Prattville and makes his home in nearby Pine Level. The first-time candidate is the only Democrat to announce so far for the lieutenant governor's race, but he said Democratic Party officials haven't paid him much attention. "I expected that, because I'm not part of the establishment," he said.

Ivey, 68, won two terms as state treasurer before upsetting Democratic incumbent Jim Folsom Jr. in 2010 to win the lieutenant governor's office. She kicked off her re-election campaign in late June and, so far, has no opposition in the Republican primary, set for June 3, 2014.

Ninesling said he decided to challenge Ivey because he was upset with how the state's prepaid college tuition plan ran into financial trouble when Ivey was administering the program as state treasurer. Ninesling, who has a 2-year-old child, said his child was not in the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program, but he feels sorry for parents who are now struggling with how to pay for their children's college education after not getting the full in-state tuition they expected from PACT.

He accused Ivey of using the lieutenant governor's position to help the Republican majority in the Senate suppress Democratic input into state government rather than presiding fairly. "This failure of performance and lack of leadership is not what the people of Alabama need sitting a heartbeat away from the governor's office," he said.

Text Only
Local News


Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

None of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee