District 90#039;s strong representative

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 29, 2003

It doesn't pay to look too far ahead. To do so could make a fellow trip over a stump as he attempts to move forward.

And that, my friend, in substance, is the philosophy espoused by our new political leader, Greenville's own Charles Newton.

Charles emerged as top man in a field of four in the recent balloting for Alabama's District 90 legislative post.

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That means he is now the ambassador, lawmaker and policy-shaper for the counties of Butler and Crenshaw.

And, as such, his ardent backers and constituents feel this straightforward young gentleman will represent them well, and will unblinkingly cast all his votes according to his deep-down, honest convictions.

Who could ask for anything more – particularly in view of his already established reputation for integrity in dealing with governmental matters at the municipal level.

Charles is a native of Greenville, born here in 1947 and educated in the public schools of Butler County.

He attended the University of Alabama on a prestigious Walter. O. Parmer scholarship, earning a B.S. degree in political science and a master's in history.

He married Max Autrey's daughter, Jan, and have three children, Seth, Ollie and Lila.

He is a member of the Greenville First Baptist Church and runs Newton Oil Company with his brother, Jim. They have other business interests locally.

Charles is an active member of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association, is a past president of the Greenville Rotary Club, a past director of Greenville Chamber of Commerce and has served as secretary of the Greenville Industrial Board.

Additionally, he has chaired the Butler County United Fund and served as director of both the Greenville Bank and the South Central Alabama Mental Health Board.

He was elected without a runoff to the Greenville City Council in 1984, and was reelected to that post unopposed in 1988. He was named mayor pro tempore of the Greenville governing body.

Charles resigned from his city office when he was elected to the legislature.

He currently serves on two legislative committees, Constitution and Elections, and Banking.

In keeping with the above maxim concerning "looking too far ahead, etc.," Charles allows he has a great deal to learn, and his first priority right now is to "be a good representative of all the people of Butler and Crenshaw."

Who knows, maybe one day he will sniff the sweet aroma of cherry blossoms . . .

But, right now, that's too far ahead.

Buster MacGuire is copy editor and columnist for the Greenville Advocate.

He may be reached by calling 334.382.3111