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MUSCLE SHOALS — Chad Young said he sees a lot of “unrealized potential” when he looks at the Shoals area.

“I want the best future for our children, the best job opportunities for our workers, and the best quality of life for our families,” said Young.

Those are the motivating factors for his decision to seek the District 3 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.

“Our district has great but unrealized potential,” said Young, a lifelong resident of Muscle Shoals. “I believe my background, perspective, and dedication to working with all people toward our common good can make our district flourish.”

Young, the Democratic nominee for the position, was unopposed in the primary.

He will face Muscle Shoals residence and Republican challenger Andrew Sorrell in the November general election.

Sorrell, a local businessman, defeated former Northwest-Shoals Community College President Humphrey Lee in the June primary.

Young and Sorrell are trying to fill the seat of retiring state Rep. Marcel Black. Black was first elected in 1990 and completed seven terms before deciding to retire.

District 3 includes the eastern half of Colbert County, portions of western Lawrence County, and a small part of southern Lauderdale County.

Young completed the North Alabama Joint Apprenticeship Program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union 558, and worked several years as a journeyman electrician. In his position, he worked throughout the district in the construction and maintenance industry.

In 2015, he earned his real estate license and began working with Coldwell Banker Tennessee Valley Realty.

He believes his extensive work in these two fields provides him with a unique insight into the district’s people, economy, industries, development, quality of life and needs.

Young is a member of the Muscle Shoals Planning Commission, where he is working to balance development with quality of life.

He also is active in the Shoals Area Association of Realtors, serving on its community involvement and budget committees. He a member of the Shoals Area Labor Council, and Muscle Shoals Booster Club.

“We need to expect more of our leaders in Montgomery, and I am ready to meet and exceed your expectations — not only for me, but also for our district. It is time to expect great things from District 3,” said Young.

He and his wife, Heather have one son, Colin, a student at Muscle Shoals High School.

tom.smith@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5757. Twitter @TD_TomSmith.

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