Joseph Mitchell is ending his career as a state legislator. After 20 years he says he's calling it quits.
"I will not seek another term of office in the Alabama House of Representatives. The close of this year represents my 20 years of having spent as a state legislator," he says.
On the same day Mitchell made his public announcement, candidates for his position starting stepping forward.
"I am honored today to say that I am officially announcing my candidacy for House District 103," said Barbara Drummond.
Drummond, who's a former assistant with the City of Mobile, says she's ready to run and believes she'll make a good replacement. She's worked for former Mayor Sam Jones and says she knows where the problems are.
"We have a crime problem. We need jobs. We need education. We need workforce development and most of all I truly believe we need constitutional reform in Alabama," she says.
Drummond says she's spent years working for the people of Mobile.
"I have my young godson standing next to me because this is our future. You cannot stop working because they're the ones who are going to stand on the legacy that we build today, so we can't weary. We've got to continue to work because we need them to be educated so that we can make Mobile and District 103 the best that it can be," said Drummond.