Tom Whatley said the most fun part about serving as a senator is working with the constituents one-on-one.
Senator Whatley, R-Auburn, is running for a third term in District 27 against Democrat Nancy Bendinger. He said he feels confident that his history and work in the legislature is enough to get him re-elected.
"We are going to continue to do the same thing," Whatley said. "When you are being successful, you don't need to change."
Whatley said his major priority is providing the contact and accessibility to constituents that they need.
"I would like to offer a constituent service office to hear constituents' concerns where ever they are and whatever they are," Whatley said.
He said his time campaigning has gone splendidly. Since September, his campaign has spent nearly $500,000 on his local race — almost $472,000 more than his opponent, Bendinger. Whatley said they are hoping to hit 1,600 doors before election day.
Whatley said advancing education is easy — with funding going to research institutions like Auburn University and the steady fall of the unemployment rate, Whatley said education will prosper.
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He said, above all, education should be the driving force and biggest priority.
In addition to education, Whatley said he has worked toward improving the state's infrastructure with advancements in transportation.
"We've got a message to take to the people of Lee County and a proven record from the last eight years, so that's what we've been focusing on," Whatley said.
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