Marshall County Democrats will welcome U.S. Congressional candidate Rick Neighbors to the neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 4 when he speaks at their monthly club meeting.

“Neighbors has been very outspoken against his opponent and we look forward to hearing him,” said Club President Susan McKenney. “He was born to sharecroppers in rural North Carolina, and knows the joys and struggles of working to achieve the American dream.”

His father was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. During WWII, his mother made ammunition and afterwards worked the graveyard shift in spinning mills. Following in his father’s footsteps, Neighbors joined the Army at age 17 and served three tours in Vietnam.

After his career in the army, Neighbors returned to school and earned a B.A. in Political Science thanks to financial assistance from a small ministerial scholarship and his G.I. Bill. After graduation in 1979, he took a job at a Wrangler plant in Hackleburg that resulted in a 35-year career in the apparel industry. During his employment at the plant, he met his wife, Judy, who worked alongside him in apparel. The Neighbors have been blessed with three children, five grandchildren, and four great-granddaughters.

Neighbors has spent most of his adult life in the apparel business and as an international businessman and negotiator. He recently returned to school, earning a MBA and graduate certification in project management from the University of North Alabama.

“It is no secret we have witnessed a progressive decline in healthy living across our districts,” Neighbors said. “Ours in the fourth being one of the major communities affected. While I feel blessed, I am not oblivious to the struggles of our neighbors and have a strong passionate desire to join the rest of you that are fighting for your neighbors and mine.”

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Guntersville Public Library annex, located at 1240 Obrig Ave.

Call 256-558-1927 or email to learn more.

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