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CAMPAIGN 2018: Q&A with Scott Stadthagen

Scott Stadthagen / Courtesy of Scott Stadthagen

 

CULLMAN - Scott Stadthagen is one of the Republicans hoping to fill the Alabama House of Representatives District 9 seat being vacated by Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle.  Stadthagen is a graduate of the University of West Alabama and lives in Hartselle, where he is president of the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce, and owns Hagen Homes, Inc. He and his wife have one daughter.

What led you to seek elected office?

“With different projects that I’ve worked on in our community--one was the farmers’ market that I kind of spearheaded, and raised money, and built it pro bono, and after that project we had a ribbon cutting. And to see the community’s reaction to that, I knew my job was not finished, that this journey was just about to take off for me.  That’s what really started it all.”

What in your life has prepared you for the office you are seeking?

“Being a business owner, starting from the ground up in ‘05--which was a tough challenge, the different things I experienced as a business owner--and you have to make some pretty good, tough decisions at stressful times, and I feel like that can put me over the edge to handle what we need to handle.  Also, being a public servant to my community through the chamber of commerce, and like the farmers’ market project, and being there for them, and truly doing it for the community. I mean, I feel like that is what makes this right here.”

What do you hope to accomplish in office?

“It’s kind of cliché, but number one: I want to give our district a voice they haven’t had in a long time.  I want to give our teachers a voice they haven’t had. I want to be present in our district. I want to be present in West Point, Vinemont, Hartselle, Lacey’s Spring.  I want to be present, so you see your state representative.

“And secondly, I want to be present in Montgomery for them.  I plan on doing town hall meetings. We’ll know what the topics are before we go down there, and we will have a town hall meeting at West Point, Hartselle and Lacey’s Spring.  And the people that are there, they’ll voice their opinion. Hopefully, I can round everybody’s opinion up, and we can vote as a district, as one. And that’s my ultimate goal.

“I’m trying to do this to set an example, not to do as a career, because I love my job!”

If you had to boil your platform down to a concise statement, what would you want people to know about you?

“I would say that I’m a successful businessman, and I want to serve my community.  And I feel like if we do not give back to our community, that my kid’s generation will not be as successful as it is now.  So we need to give back and be involved and do it because we care, and not do it for a title or position.”

For more information, visit www.scottstadthagen.com or www.facebook.com/scottstadthagen4D9.

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