Republican candidate enters 2014 race for Alabama Senate District 22
By Nick Katers
MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Danny B. Joyner announced plans this week to run for the Senate District 22 seat in 2014. The Escambia County Republican made unsuccessful bids for the Senate in 1994 and 2010 and has been the CEO of Safety & Security Consultants, Inc. since January 1991. Joyner has served on the Alabama Oil & Gas Board since October 2011. District 22 is currently represented by Marc Keahey (D) who is a potential candidate for the U.S. House seat held by outgoing Representative Jo Bonner (R). The district is the largest by area in the State Senate and covers seven counties.
Joyner introduced the campaign slogan “Faith, Family, Freedom” when announcing his 2014 bid. He highlighted concerns about individual liberties during his announcement. “It is our right to worship God and pray in Jesus’ name and to believe and say what we believe makes a family,” said Joyner. He hoped that his campaign would “build an opportunity for all Alabamians to renew their commitment to return to these things which make us the people we are – southerners.” Joyner also mentioned his concerns about limitations on the Second Amendment.
Another theme of Joyner’s Senate campaign is improving state use of natural resources. He pointed out the state’s natural allure to retirees throughout the United States, stating that “nobody ever retires up north and we have to be ready to take advantage of our resources and welcome baby boomers with genuine southern hospitality.” Joyner argued for building new lakes amounting to 62 miles of beachfront in District 22 and elsewhere in Alabama to boost the tourism industry. “It’s a simple equation that our natural resources are our greatest asset,” said Joyner.