WHY I AM RUNNING
I am running because the people of Alabama deserve a choice. We cannot continue to be beholden to one political party that is so certain of victory that they have little incentive to work for the citizens of this state or we can demonstrate through the vote that victory is not certain just because you have an “R” next to your name. We can continue to allow the other party to roll over as if defeated before even presenting a candidate willing to mount a fight of their own or we can take up the mantle of that Democratic party, define that party for our state, and begin to build something that works for the people of Alabama and not the parties in Washington. I am running because of a promise I made that if no one else stood up, I would stand up.
I know people want to know my specific issues here, but my primary issue is that our state government is broken and needs to be fixed. We have too many people, regardless of party, who see positions like State House Representative District 10 as a career they must protect instead of a public service they are privileged to perform. When I held my ballot in November 2016 I was dismayed, but I chose to work not to wallow on changing this state. That is why I am running: to work. I want to work for every citizen of this state to ensure they have economic opportunities that can help them maintain their lifestyle. I want to ensure we provide the kinds of new opportunities that will keep young Alabamians in this state because this state offers them modern careers that can compete in a global economy right from home. I want to work to created an education system that facilitates a workforce to support the new economy. Most importantly, I want to do this not by throwing money at an old system that has been riddled with failures, but by finding way to innovate and create something new and better that works for Alabama. I want to help impose the political will necessary for Alabama to be a state that leads, not a state content to watch and wait.
“I want to work for every citizen of this state to ensure they have economic opportunities that can help them maintain their lifestyle. I want to ensure we provide the kinds of new opportunities that will keep young Alabamians in this state because this state offers them modern careers that can compete in a global economy right from home.
— JB King
JB King was born in the small town of Jackson, AL and was raised in Mobile, AL. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Alabama where he received a B. S. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering Option). He obtained a B. S. in Information Technology – Web Design from University of Phoenix and graduate certificates from University of Southern California and Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has spent the majority of his professional career in the Huntsville/Madison, AL area in a variety of positions related to software and systems engineering on several major U.S. development and sustainment programs.
As an engineer, JB deals with complex technological systems; debates a variety of ideas involving the development, improvement, repair, or decommissioning of similar systems; and communicates with customers to ensure that delivered products meet their expectations. He will bring a similar approach to government by treating it as a system. He will focus on finding areas in need of advancement, developing practical solutions to achieve specific goals, and communicating with the people of District 10 to ensure their expectations have been met. As a member of the State House of Representatives, he will be a public servant focused not on politics, but on people and the issues that government can and should address.
JB enjoys opportunities to mentor and advance the careers of engineers and promotes innovation in process and products wherever possible. He volunteers for a variety of organizations including Habitat for Humanity. During his time in Arizona, he was an instructor of Web Design in the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math or STEAM program where he taught 8th graders the basics of web development. In recent years, his focus has been on gaining a greater understanding grassroots efforts for political change. He established the online organization Alabama Independents Movement, and participates in a variety of organizations including Indivisible and Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance. He is also a member of the Madison County Democratic Executive Committee. JB is a life long learner hoping to apply knowledge gained, both personal and professional, to work within the government to facilitate a return to truly robust communities in District 10 and throughout Alabama.