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Houston County Commissioner announces run for chairman
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Houston County Commissioner announces run for chairman

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Doug Sinquefield

Doug Sinquefield

Current Houston County District 2 Commissioner Doug Sinquefield will be running for the commission chairman’s position in the 2022 election.

Longtime chairman Mark Culver said when he was elected to his current term that he would not seek re-election. Culver has served in the position since 1997 when he was appointed by Gov. Fob James to fill the vacancy left by the departure of then-chairman Robert Crowder.

Sinquefield, who is currently in his third term as the District 2 commissioner, said his work in that role has been both rewarding and challenging.

“I have gotten to know businesses, individuals, and chamber of commerces of all the towns and municipalities and I have come to understand how to work with our citizens in our rural areas as well,” Sinquefield said. “I will continue to be present in all districts to let their voices and concerns be heard.”

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Sinquefield, an Ashford High School graduate, is a fourth generation Houston County farmer, as well as a Vietnam veteran with the Army commendation medal for Meritorious Service and the Bronze Star.

He has served as a board member for the National Peanut Festival, Southeast Alabama Regional Planning Commission, ALFA & Houston County Farmers Federation, Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development, and the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Board of Directors.

He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Derrick and Shane, and four grandchildren.

“The future of Houston County looks bright, and I want to see growth, economic development, and so much more,” Sinquefield said.

District 4 Commissioner Brandon Shoupe, who is currently in his second term, has said he also plans to officially kickoff off his campaign for the chairman’s position next Thursday.

Sydney McDonald is a Dothan Eagle staff writer and can be reached at or 334.712.7906. Support her work and that of other Eagle journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at


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