Crockett running for House seat
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
Former Shelby County Commissioner Ted Crockett has qualified with the Alabama Republican Party to run as a candidate for Alabama House of Representatives District 45. Crockett stated the biggest issues in this district are rising sewer rates in both Jefferson and Shelby counties.
“Residents are paying ridiculously high sewer rates as high as $112 per month and this has to be taken under control,” Crockett said.
While he was a Shelby County commissioner, Crockett said he voted to not sell the North Shelby Sewer System. He said the sale led to higher rates in Greystone, Highland Lakes, Mt Laurel, Forest Park, Forest Lakes and Chelsea.
Crockett said he also has plans developed from meetings in House District 45 to address U.S. 280, Cahaba Beach Road and Grants Mill Road. He said his infrastructure plans will also include Interstates 459 and 20.
“I have a proven record of solving problems,” Crockett said. “I know how to negotiate and I know how to bring our tax dollars back home.”
Crockett was first elected Shelby County commissioner in 1996 and re-elected two more terms. During his 12-year tenure as commissioner, Crockett helped build Vandiver Park, Gorman Park in Vincent, installed tornado sirens in Dunnavant, Vandiver, Chelsea and several other communities. He worked to purchase Soccer Blast and building the soccer fields, as well as paving 63 miles of dirt roads in rural areas of Shelby County.
Crockett said he opposed and stopped numerous new apartment complexes in unincorporated Shelby County and stopped Roosters Strip Club on U.S. 280.
While serving on the Shelby County Hospital Board, Crockett voted for new management leading to the sale of the then-publically owned Shelby Medical Center for $50 million and reduced homestead property bills by 4 mils.
“I never voted for a tax increase in those 12 years,” said Crockett. “We need a state representative who will fight for improvements to Highways 280, 459 and 20. Residents spend too much of their valuable time in traffic bottlenecks, some kids can easily spend two hours a day on buses and in cars to and from various schools.”
Ted Crockett was vice chairman of Shelby Medical Center 1989-1991, Board member of Briarwood Christian School 1996-1997, and vice president of the Dunnavant Valley Greenway 1999-2017. He and his wife, Jamie Gaines Crockett, live in Greystone and are members of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, where Ted also serves as an elder.
The Republican Primary will be held June 5.