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Segrest Democrats' best for treasurer

When a candidate won't submit to questions about why he seeks public office, he raises doubts about the seriousness of his campaign.

We haven't interviewed Mobile County sheriff's Correction Officer Keith Douglas Williams, 42, about his race for state treasurer. Other news organizations say he flat refused multiple requests for interviews.

His Democratic opponent is Montgomery small businessman and Realtor Steve Segrest, who comes from a family of respected public servants.

Mr. Segrest, 57, ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2002. His campaign thrust for treasurer is to improve the college tuition programs the treasurer handles. He also says incumbent Kay Ivey shouldn't accept campaign contributions from major banks. It's legal, he says, but doing so looks bad.

THE DAILY recommends Steve Segrest for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer. The winner will face Republican incumbent Ivey in the November general election.

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