BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Following a recent AL.com forum with the candidates for congressional District 6, we at Alabama Media Group asked each candidate to further expound on answers they gave during the forum.
(Candidate Scott Beason, after confirming that he would be at the forum, chose not to attend.)
The candidates -- Will Brooke, Paul DeMarco, Chad Mathis, Gary Palmer, Robert Shattuck and Tom Vigneulle -- were asked to submit a 600-word opinion-editorial sharing their more in-depth thoughts on a given topic.
We asked Brooke to explain what he said should be a gradual process toward a balanced federal budget.
DeMarco was asked to explain how the Environmental Protection Agency is "killing small business" and what he'll do to stop it.
Mathis was asked to give examples of waste, fraud and abuse and explain how he'll prevent it, along with the pitfalls of omnibus bills and how to prevent them.
We asked Palmer to explain why government needs grassroots reform from the bottom up, and how he'd work to achieve it.
Shattuck said the main difference between him and his opponents is that he realizes that Congress no longer works for the American people. We asked him to explain what that meant, and how it would benefit the residents of District 6.
Vigneulle was asked to explain why he favors getting rid of income taxes and replacing the current tax system with a consumption tax.
So far, DeMarco, Mathis and Shattuck have responded. Beginning at 10 this morning, we will publish their opinions one per day in alphabetical order, starting with DeMarco. The candidates have been asked to be available online from each day to respond to your comments on each article.
We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to have direct interaction with the candidates for this important congressional seat.
We'll be there, too.
See you in a little while.