My name is Maurice Horsey and I’m running for the Alabama State House of Representatives. Born in Jarrettsville, Maryland, after graduation from North Harford High School I attended Morgan State College and Antioch University majoring in Human Services. Following graduation, I became a public school teacher, coach, and mentor serving communities through my work in the non-profit and educational sector for over 45 years.
In my various roles during a 26-year career with the Young Men’s Christian Assn. (YMCA)., which would bring my family to Birmingham, I was responsible for multi-million dollar annual budgets, endowment funding, capital campaigns and building projects that supported the needs of children and adults. I oversaw staff and volunteers, and helped to organize various mission trips, both in the U.S. and abroad.
While with the YMCA, I served on the public policy task force on both the state and national levels. I have received numerous local, national and international awards and citations, including ones from the cities of Baltimore, Birmingham, Los Angeles, the Republic of Ghana, and from the Supreme Court of Alabama for my work with youth while with the Y.
I have also been fortunate enough to work with the Sister Cities Organization, founded by President Eisenhower, in Birmingham helping to unite citizen diplomats and volunteers from across the community.
Having worked in Birmingham before retirement, my wife, Judy, and I call Daphne home. Baldwin County mirrors my childhood home, and I love seeing families growing in our corner of Alabama. So, when it came time to spend our golden years, it made sense that Judy and I chose a place that felt familiar. In Daphne, we are a short driving distance from our grandchildren in a neighboring state and near my wife’s family in Fairhope and Mobile.
As a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Daphne, I believe my faith helps to guide me. It is because of that faith I believe we must support and protect our citizens and the communities we call home. As a Ruff Wilson Youth Center board member, I am continuing my quest to help our communities to rally around the needs of our youth through meaningful programs and services. Our future is so bright; the next generation gives me hope.
Throughout my years working first as a teacher and coach, then with the YMCA and Sister Cities, my servant’s heart has only grown. Now, in retirement, I can no longer sit on the sidelines while our leadership in Montgomery fails to deliver our communities what we deserve—the best of the best. As a father and grandfather, a neighbor, and a volunteer, I want to do my part to make our communities better for us and all of our children.
Why I Am Running
Plainly, we haven’t gotten what we need from our leadership in Montgomery. They have spent too much time on special interests and too little or no time on our interests. Our children deserve an excellent public education; we demand high paying jobs, access to healthcare and a quality of life that is fitting for the hardworking and kind people who call district 96 home .We need leaders with servant’s hearts—not special interests’ checkbooks.
Strengthening our state with the highest quality public education possible is one of my top priorities, and I’ve spent my career fighting for the betterment of youth. If elected, I will continue to do exactly the same: Fight each and every day for our schools and our kids. They are worth it. During my time as the Austin Brook & Parks Property Owners Association President, I have heard concerns fellow property owners have about our community, and I want to work tirelessly to make sure our collective voice is among the loudest in Montgomery—not the voice of the Montgomery elite’s special interests.
District 96 is a beautiful place; it has some of the very best our state has to offer. If elected, I promise to fight every day to get the very best for the very best. It is what we deserve.