Former State Representative Earl Hilliard, Jr. has formally announced that he is a candidate for the Jefferson County Commission, District One seat.
“As Commissioner, my priorities will be economic development, fiscal responsibility and cooperative leadership. I will work with the other members of the Commission, as well as other elected officials to help move Jefferson County forward,” stated Hilliard.
Hilliard is a proven leader. He served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2006 – 2010. He was named freshman legislator of the year by the House Democratic Caucus and served and was recognized for his sponsorship and passage of legislation in the House regarding the implementation of safety initiatives for schools, as well as his work with the Alabama Commission to Reduce Poverty. Hilliard has proven to be successful in the legislative arena by bringing home more than $400,000 for area schools and libraries, including funds to purchase computers, software, library books, professional development, tutoring assistance and other important needs.
Earl Hilliard Jr. is married to Janine Hunt-Hilliard and is the proud father of two children, Nya Nicole and Earl, III. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, attended the University of Alabama School of Law, and received his law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He is a member of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church of North Pratt, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Greater Birmingham Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and the Screen Actors Guild. He also serves on numerous business, civic and community boards.
Hilliard says he is announcing his plans early and is beginning the campaign now because he wants the effort to be strong at the grassroots level. He plans to mount an aggressive campaign throughout the district.
Hilliard’s formal announcement was at the Vulcan Park and Museum on January 23, 2014 at 10 a.m.