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Susan DuBose challenges Rep. Dickie Drake for HD45

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Retired banker Susan DuBose is running for the Republican nomination for House District 45, entering the race against incumbent Republican Rep. Dickie Drake.

DuBose said in a campaign announcement she retired from Compass Bank after serving as a residential, commercial, construction loan officer and business development officer.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to fight for each citizen of District 45 and the State of Alabama,” DeBose said. “Our nation is under attack from liberals who want to change the very fabric of our great nation. I have always worked hard, stood for what is right, and now I am standing up to represent the citizens of District 45 here in Alabama.”

Some of the issues she is campaigning on are election integrity, education, economic development, the role of a limited government and second amendment rights.

Drake, R-Leeds, told Alabama Daily News that as chairman of the House Military and Veterans Affairs committee he still has goals he would like to accomplish before leaving the State House.

“I did say that I think there should be term limits and this will be my third term and I will call it quits after this,” Drake said.

Drake also said he has a friendly relationship with DuBose and doesn’t plan on running a negative campaign.

Drake won the Republican primary election in 2018 against Ted Crockett with 55% of the vote and won the 2018 general election with 65% of the vote.

House District 45 consists of parts of Jefferson and Shelby counties.

DuBose currently serves as the President of the Republican Women of North Shelby County, is on the Governmental Affairs Committee for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Shelby County Republican Party’s Executive Committee.

In her campaign announcement, DeBose says her campaign has only taken independent donations and no PAC contributions, unlike Drake who received $4,000 in campaign contributions from various PACs, according to his most recent monthly campaign finance report.

Drake said he sees nothing wrong with taking PAC donations.

“I’ll take donations from whoever will support me,” Drake told ADN. “[DuBose] would be nuts not to do the same thing.”

The Republican primary is May 24, 2022.

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