Record Number of Baldwin County Democrats Qualify for June 5th Primary!

For the first time since 2007, Baldwin County residents will appear on the ballot as Democratic candidates for the Alabama State Legislature, Baldwin County Commission and Board of Education.

Daphne, AL, February 14, 2018: When Baldwin County citizens go to the polls on June 5, they will have more reason than ever to request a Democratic Primary ballot, nine more reasons in fact. That is because nine Baldwin residents have qualified to run as Democrats for county-level or state legislative positions, races in which choosing a local Democratic Party candidate has not been an option in more than a decade. The last Baldwin resident to compete as a Democrat for county or state legislative office was A.J. Cooper who ran for the Alabama State Senate in 2007.

“We’re very pleased to see more concerned Baldwin residents stepping up to run as Democrats,” says Heather Brown, Vice Chair of the Baldwin County Democratic Party Executive Committee. “I believe our core commitment to providing equal protection and equal opportunity for every citizen is a principle that is resonating more and more with the public.”

The nine local Democrats vying for the opportunity to represent Baldwin citizens in 2018 include:

Jason Fisher of Orange Beach is running for the District 32 State Senate seat being vacated by Trip Pittman. Fisher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Coe University and a Master of Public Service from the Clinton School for Public Service. He is founder and CEO of Jason Fisher Consulting Group and has one daughter. Fisher was also a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination in last year’s U.S. Senate race.

Amber Selman-Lynn, a resident of Daphne, is seeking election to Alabama House District 64, a position held by Harry Shiver of Bay Minette since 2006. Selman-Lynn is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Brenau University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in grants management. An active parent volunteer, she and her husband Eric have two daughters.

Danielle Mashburn-Myrick of Fairhope has declared her candidacy for Alabama House District 94. The seat has been held by Joe Faust, also of Fairhope, since 2002. A graduate of Fairhope High School, Mashburn-Myrick earned a BA in Classics and Philosophy from Rhodes College and a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law. She is an associate with Phelps Dunbar in Mobile where she specializes in civil litigation and bankruptcy law. She is married to Matt Myrick of Fairhope and has two children.

Maurice Horsey of Daphne is running for Alabama House District 96. Representative Randy Davis, who has also occupied his seat since 2002, is not seeking re-election. Horsey spent 10 years working in public education before moving into executive management with the National YMCA. After 26 years of service to communities throughout the country, he and his wife Judy settled in Baldwin County. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Web Whiting of Spanish Fort is also seeking the Democratic nomination for House District 96 in the June 5 primary. Whiting is currently enrolled at the University of South Alabama where he is working toward a degree in secondary education. He is employed part-time on the Eastern Shore and is an active community volunteer.

Heather Brown, a resident of Summerdale, has placed her name in nomination for the District 3 seat on the Baldwin County Commission in which Tucker Dorsey presently serves. Brown attended the University of South Alabama and is self-employed as a free-lance and fiction writer. She is a long-time Sunday School teacher and community youth leader. She and her husband Randy have three children.

Amber Smith of Daphne has qualified as a candidate for the District 2 seat on the Baldwin County Commission. Current District 2 Commissioner Chris Elliott is leaving the position in 2018 to seek higher office. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama. She currently works in inventory management for a family-owned business in Daphne and as a free-lance writer and public relations specialist. Her husband Traver Smith is a native of Oklahoma. They have two daughters.

Heather Karras has been a vocal advocate for the North Baldwin schools since her family moved to Bay Minette in 2013. She is seeking the District I seat on the Baldwin County Board of Education which is being vacated by David Cox of Stockton. Since 2015 Karras has actively lobbied for the construction of a new elementary school in Bay Minette. Plans for the new $14 million facility were approved by the school board in October 2017 with groundbreaking tentatively set for later this spring. She and her husband Josh have two children.

Daphne resident Clyde Jones is running for the District 2 Board of Education position currently held by David Tarwater who is also not seeking re-election. He is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant with 21 years of service who earned a Bronze Star during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. A native of Charles City, Virginia, Jones and his wife Nichelle moved to Baldwin County in 2013. He now serves as Associate Minister at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and is a training specialist at FMC Agriculture Solutions. They have three children and six grandchildren.

For more information, contact Denise D’Oliveira at or call 251.605.8777.