Glenn spent some time on his radio show today interviewing the newest, gun-toting, internet sensation, Dale Peterson, about his campaign and the problems inside Alabama and the nation.  Mr. Peterson is currently funding his campaign out of his own pocket because he refuses to take special interest money.  Sounds like a Tea Party candidate to me.  Go here to check out his site, and do the homework.

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The ad that started it all – “We Are Better Than That!”

(Glenn’s interview after the break)

Dale’s interview with Glenn:

A tidbit about Dale and his family:

Born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1945, Dale moved to Birmingham when he was eight years old.  He joined the Marine Corps in 1963, returning to Birmingham in 1967, where he became a police officer.  He graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Sociology in 1971.  Following graduation, he held several different marketing and production positions with a national industrial laundry chain.

In 1977 Dale started Alabama’s first pre-washed blue jeans laundry facility in Opp, Alabama.  After selling the company to a national blue jeans manufacturer, Dale approached the State of Alabama and pointed out ways he could save the State millions of dollars each year if they would outsource the State’s laundry needs.  Dale won a competitive bid contract and built the largest industrial laundry facility in the Southeast in Tuscaloosa.  Until the facility was sold, Dale continued to live up to his promise of saving the State of Alabama millions of dollars each year.

Next Dale convinced our U. S. military leaders that he could save our military men and women considerable money on the cost of making their long distance telephone calls home.  His proposal was accepted, and Dale won multiple competitive bid contracts at various military bases around the U. S.  He later sold the contracts to one of his competitors.

When Dale’s wife, Kathy, retired from Bell South, the couple started a chain of pet stores in Alabama.  After nearly a decade, they sold the chain and retired.

“Although Agriculture is Alabama’s #1 industry, it has not been treated like Alabama’s #1 industry”, says Dale.  “My proven drive and determination to succeed at whatever task is at hand, coupled with my willingness to explore opportunities outside the box, set me apart from traditional state politicians.”

When Dale built the largest laundry facility in the Southeast in Tuscaloosa, the entire country was in dire financial straits, much like today.  Interest rates were topping out at 23%, unemployment was at an all-time high, businesses were failing left and right, and the speed limit on the interstate highways was 55 MPH.  Still, even at those unprecedented interest rates, Dale was able to borrow money, put people to work building the facility, hired the unemployed to work in the facility when built and saved the State of Alabama millions of dollars each year.

With a strong background as an entrepreneur and innovator, Dale says, “I want to give back and serve the state I love and have lived in all of my life.  I am asking the people of Alabama for the opportunity to be their next Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.”  Not a professional politician, but always a driven businessman, “I’m uniquely positioned at this time in my life to devote whatever it takes to promote Agriculture and Industry for Alabama.”

With Dale’s leadership and entrepreneurial vision, growth and profitability are achievable for all aspects of Alabama agriculture.  Residents can save money and enjoy farm fresh foods by purchasing Alabama agricultural products.  Overseas jobs can be brought back to Alabama mills, factories, farms and ranches.  Youth can be brought back to the family farm.

Dale believes Alabama agriculture producers, the State of Alabama, corporate agriculture and non-agriculture businesses must be brought together to the same table for the same common goal:  Growing Alabama AgriBusiness and making it profitable, while simultaneously being guardians of the environment.

Dale says, “It can be done.  The most important thing to remember is that it’s always about the people.”

Dale and his wife, Kathy, have been married for over three decades.  They live on a small farm in Shelby County. Both Dale and Kathy have been livestock judges for more than two decades.  Their daughter, Cindy Dickson, son-in-law, Steve, and two grandsons, Grant and Jack, live in Helena.

From Dale’s site:

Help Save Alabama Family Farms

Every state has its special challenges, and one of Alabama’s is agriculture. Agriculture in Alabama is broken. Every day we lose three family farms. Every year, we lose over 1,000 family farms. Why? Because our farmers can’t make a living farming. What choice do they have? Sadly, they have no choice but to leave farming and find some other means to support their families.

That is unacceptable.

Having never held political office or been appointed to any state farm related committees or boards makes me uniquely different from the other candidates seeking Alabama’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries job in 2010.

Each of them has served for years on state agriculture committees and boards, in state appointed farm related offices or in the current commissioner’s administration. While they have been on these various committees, boards and in the current administration, the downward spiral of agriculture and the loss of family farms in Alabama have continued.

Alabamians and Alabama farmers deserve better.

*They deserve a commissioner with determination, drive and grit.

*They deserve a commissioner who will work in earnest to put Alabamians back to work in agribusiness and related jobs.

*They deserve a commissioner who will make an all out push to retrieve jobs moving out of the state.

*They deserve a commissioner who will make the hard decisions without worrying about whether or not he will be re-elected.

*They deserve a commissioner who will initiate a movement to reduce or eliminate the inheritance tax (death tax) on Alabama Family farms.

*Most of all – Alabamians deserve a commissioner who will put Alabama’s agribusiness on a track of profitability and growth.

I have what it takes to be that commissioner – and that’s why I am a candidate for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries in 2010.

My campaign will focus on THREE chronic agribusiness problems:

Number 1: Leadership

At commissioner level, there has been little to no leadership for decades. My 40 years of successful business and entrepreneurial experience, along with my determination, energy, drive and grit have equipped me with the tools to put leadership back into the Commissioner’s office and uplift the morale of the Department.

Number 2: Profitability

Sustained profitability is the fuel that will save Alabama agriculture and the family farm. Today, there is no profit. There is no plan to achieve profit. No business or state agency can expect to thrive without a business plan and that particularly means the Alabama Agriculture and Industries Department. As Commissioner, my team will develop and will implement a 1, 3 and 5 year comprehensive Public Marketing Awareness and Tax Reduction Agribusiness Plan that sets out a path to put agriculture in Alabama back on track to profitability.

Number 3: Job Creation

Alabama jobs will begin to grow as the Public Marketing Awareness plan begins to reach its targeted market. The initiation of stability will begin as farm taxes are reduced or eliminated and longevity of those jobs will, in part, be provided through a proposed tax relief provision for farm-related businesses contained in the Agribusiness Plan. As agribusiness begins to return to profitability, we will see reversal in Alabama agribusiness jobs moving out of State.

This is a very ambitious plan. It’s way outside of the normal government box, but today’s circumstances demand outside of the box thinking. It won’t be easy and it won’t be quick but we can do this and return to profitable agribusiness growth. We can also preserve the ecological balance of the environment while simultaneously maintaining substantial agricultural production.

To do this, we don’t need a bunch of committees. We need a few small teams of individuals who have the talent, determination, drive and grit to put a workable Alabama agribusiness plan together. Turning Alabama agribusiness around and returning it to profitability will be a tough challenge, but it’s one that can be met if tackled by the right people with the right muster and the right mindset.

Ultimately, sustainable agriculture is about the people – and that includes every person involved with Alabama’s agribusiness and every person in Alabama who depends on it, even those who don’t yet understand the importance of agriculture in Alabama.

I’m Dale Peterson and I’m a candidate for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. Given the opportunity – and with your help and input – together we will preserve Alabama’s agricultural heritage – and we will put Alabama agribusiness and the family farm on the right track.

If you entrust your vote to me, the two promises that I make to you are, I will always keep you informed and I will not let you down.

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