For Alabama House District 104

Forward thinking backed by old school values –Family, Friends, Faith, and Community

Meet Arlene

My name is Arlene Easley and I am running for Alabama House of Representatives. I am a lifelong Alabamian, and I love my state, and the people who live here. I was born in Mobile, in 1963, where I was raised. I attended public schools and grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. I am a graduate of Murphy High School and I received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Computer & Information Systems Science from SD Bishop State Community College. I went on to receive  a BS in Organizational Management from The University of Mobile and later an MBA from The University of Phoenix.


I am the mother of four daughters, and I have always felt strongly that it is important to give back to the community in which I live. I also believe that every person’s voice should be heard, and am eager to bring this commitment, as well as my years of business experience, to the State House.


I have over 20 years of budget and financial management experience, and over five years of project management experience.  I began my career in civil service, and then owned and operated a small business with my husband, who is a Firefighter. I currently work  for a large government contractor that builds ships for the US Navy and US Coast Guard. I work as a Small Business Innovation Research Program Manager within the area of Research & Development. I focus on reducing costs,  improving worker safety, and talking with employees to understand their needs and getting input on what will help them do their jobs better. Working as a liaison, I talk with small businesses and universities about their technologies and how it might translate in a manufacturing environment. I also help to  identify where more technology is needed, and work to help implement and transition that technology or process. This includes market research to identify ways to use existing technology in a way that it may not have been previously used.


I am an out-of-the box thinker, and have had success leading  cross functional teams, capturing funds, bringing teams together for common purposes, problem solving, negotiating, planning, resolving conflict, and identifying different ways to use technology. I have learned through my years of experience that communicating clearly–mainly through active and effective listening–is the cornerstone to building successful collaborative relationships. I know this will hold true for working in the government.


In addition to working, and being a wife and mother, I have served in many volunteer organizations. I have been a member of the Mobile County Democratic Executive Committee, and have volunteered  in numerous local and statewide progressive organizations. I have volunteered in local schools as part of the PTA board, rolling reader (reading in the classrooms), and classroom mom. I’ve volunteered for Best Robotics, Habitat for Humanity, and I have served as an advocate for American heart association. I’ve also served as my church’s choir director.


In my work life, I’ve also volunteered as a board member in employee resource groups, helping to encourage diversity and inclusion. I served as president of our Women’s ERG, focusing on providing leadership and professional growth and networking  opportunities to all women in the company. I’ve served on the board of the Society of Women Engineers, reaching out to the community to encourage more girls and young women to consider careers in STEM fields.

Building a Future Focused for All

Our current Republican-led House has failed to deliver on things that are important to our community, including a strong economy, competitive wages, and educational resources for our schools. In order for Alabama to move forward in a positive direction – one that we can work towards together – it’s time for a change! We need leaders in Montgomery who work for the people, are committed to the people, not leaders who work for special interest groups.


While I have always strived to meet my civic responsibility by volunteering, I never thought I would run for office. However that changed when I joined a group of wonderful women on a bus traveling from Mobile to Washington DC to participate in the Women’s March on Washington in January of 2017.  On that trip I realized that we each have to be the change that we want to see in the world, and in our state.


Growing up  in Alabama in the 1960s, I know what segregation looks and feels like. Going through integration in elementary school, I can see the great strides that we in our state have made over the last few decades. We deserve representatives in Montgomery who understand what it’s like to struggle, what it’s like to raise a family while going to school at night. We need leaders who know how to strategize, how to develop and manage a budget that will fund important line items such as education and mental health programs. We need leaders who understand how to create successful programs that will work in our state. We need compassionate leaders who understand the moral obligation of caring for the elderly, for the sick, for the impoverished. We need practical leaders who understand how to build a competitive workforce, who know the importance in investing in education and jobs.


I am that leader. I have the experience and the commitment. I want to take the voice of all the people in District 104 with me to Montgomery, where I can stand in solidarity with you and improve the lives of all Alabamians.


While some of our challenges to improve education throughout the state seem daunting, I’m encouraged that there’s much consensus emerging on which key issues in education to address. Our state must do more to help students catch up more quickly, especially as we raise expectations for all children. Otherwise, economic prospects within the state will likely worsen.


Alabama’s health ranking is 43rd in the nation, up four positions in the last two years, but we still have work to do. No working man or woman should be an accident or diagnosis away from financial ruin. Healthcare is a basic human right. And, in this country, we fight for basic human rights. Together, we must assure families that unexpected sickness will not deplete their life savings or leave them homeless.


Our competitive position in the global economy depends upon the skills of our workforce. To stay ahead, we need broader and more effective investments that enable our workforce to continually increase its skills and adapt to global economic shifts. Our economy is changing, and we must work to anticipate and respond to these changes.


Middle-skill jobs (those that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree) make up the largest part of our labor market. Yet, key industries are unable to find sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. It’s time to turn our attention to a forgotten middle

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