Yolanda Rochelle Flowers
Political experience: None
Professional experience: 20 years in education, including with the Blount County schools as reading instructor; speech, language and pathologist assistant for the Blount County and Alcoa city schools; vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Tennessee; substitute teacher for Birmingham city schools.
Education: Graduated, Birmingham city schools; attended Maryville College of Maryville, Tennessee; associate’s, Pellissippi State Technical Community College; bachelor’s in audiology and master’s in rehabilitation counseling, University of Tennessee of Knoxville.
Main issues: “Reconstructing” Alabama, including by increased funding for public schools; better-trained teachers and desegregation of schools; creation of a comprehensive plan for cost-efficient health care that works for vulnerable populations; expansion of Medicaid; funding for rural hospitals; rehabilitation to help cut recidivism of former prisoners, reconsidering stiff sentences for lower-level drug offenses; formation of a Justice League team to monitor activities in prisons and the parole board.