Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tina Parker Announces Candidacy for Colbert District Judge

For those who weren't able to attend the kick-off picnic today, here's the official announcement we've been waiting for. Several of us here have known Tina Parker for quite some time and have seen her intelligence and compassion first hand.

If any of our readers have specific questions for Tina or the other announced candidates, please feel free to relay them via this column. We will be publishing and comparing platforms later in the election season.

Tina Miller Parker is a Shoals attorney who was born and raised in Colbert County, and she is a candidate for District Court Judge in 2010. Tina’s family roots in the county go back over a century. She was taught by her family that she has a moral responsibility to help others in need, and she fosters that belief both in her law practice and by volunteering for worthwhile local organizations in her spare time.

Tina grew up in Muscle Shoals, where she still lives. She graduated from Muscle Shoals High School in 1989 and from the University of North Alabama in 1993. She fell in love with the law at an early age while working for a small law firm during college, and it was then that she knew she wanted to become a lawyer. She obtained her law degree in 2001 from the Birmingham School of Law while working full time as a paralegal. She practices law throughout northwest Alabama with offices in Muscle Shoals and Florence, and she spends the bulk of her professional time helping people who are injured both on and off the job. She also offers advice to Shoals area residents who are struggling in the economic downturn, and she has handled a wide array of other types of cases. Tina served as Women’s Caucus Chair for the Alabama Association for Justice last year, and she has been recognized in “Who’s Who of American Law”. She taught business law at her alma mater, the University of North Alabama, in 2007 and 2008.

A strong advocate for victims’ rights, Tina volunteers and raises money for local organizations such as Safeplace, PAWS, and the Colbert County Animal Control Association, and she has helped build a Habitat for Humanity home. She also serves on the Board of Directors for C.A.S.A. of Colbert County, an organization that supports abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes for their protection. As a former child care center owner and director, Tina holds a certification in early childhood development from Northwest-Shoals Community College.

Tina is excited about the opportunity to serve the people of Colbert County as District Court Judge and will maintain integrity in that office. She looks forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new people in the months leading up to the June 2010 primary and would be happy to speak to any interested groups. She may be reached at 386-5590 or by e-mail at , and her campaign website address is .

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