Why do I want to run?

Because I believe that it is time for our elected officials to look more like us and to represent the interests of the people.  We need a government that is truly "of the people, by the people, and for the people."  

I'm tired of all of the political divisiveness in government today and want to encourage dialogue, civility, and respect, while working toward policies that support the people of our District.  I'm not running against anyone.  I'm running for the people of the 36th District of the Alabama House of Representatives!

I value all life and believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to be successful in life and that successful people are most capable of giving back to others.  I believe in creating policies that will ensure that every person will have the tools he or she needs to be successful (including healthcare, education, and employment), that those who are the most vulnerable among us will be protected, that our environment will be cared for and that we will use sustainable development practices whenever possible, and that those who have fought for our freedoms and rights will never be without theirs.

I grew up in a poor, working-class family in and around Calhoun, Talladega, and Cleburne counties in Alabama, with parents from Coal City in St. Clair County and Blue Mountain/Saks in Calhoun County.  We struggled to make ends meet and had to do without many times, though we only knew that when we encountered others who did not struggle or did not struggle as much.  Our house was not always happy, though, and I got married fairly young, which led to me struggling financially and often working two jobs to put myself through college.  I became the first person in my family to earn a bachelor's degree at 25.  

My family has experienced so many difficulties, financially and otherwise, and we have overcome those with assistance from others.  My decision to be successful no matter what it took meant that I had to sacrifice for my family in order to achieve my goals.  But success to me doesn't look like the success that many in our society want us to believe that it does.  

My goal was to always have enough, to give as much as possible to others, and to raise children who are happy, healthy, productive members of society who give back more than they take from the world.  Everything I do and every choice I make comes back to the values instilled in me by military and blue collar workers and to my desire to love God and love others.

Success has nothing to do with income or the type of car I drive or the size of my house.    I see others in my community do without basic necessities while some have millions sitting in the bank.  While I'm not advocating redistribution of property or wealth, I hear those with so much claim to be Christians but only agree to pray for those with so little, while those with so little will share the little they have with others who are in need.  

We need more sustainable jobs that provide for our workers and their families and ensure that our environment is protected for the future.  We need to support small businesses and this means doing away with needless regulations that are often in place merely to ensure that larger businesses aren't impacted when small ones launch.  

We need to stop imprisoning people who have mental illnesses and substance use or abuse issues and treat their illnesses and issues.  We need to completely reform the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, focusing on rehabilitation whenever possible, while also taking care of our law enforcement officers and first responders.  Having had family members, including children, who are crime victims, I do not intend to be soft on crimes, especially crimes against children and the elderly.  

We need to provide our children with a quality education that encourages them to use their critical thinking skills and facilitates experiential learning.  We need to pay public servants--not politicians but true public servants like teachers, police officers, EMTs, fire fighters, social workers, and military service members--what they truly deserve.  When a social service worker in the food stamp office qualifies for food stamps, that worker is not being paid enough!  

Speaking of politicians, we need to encourage new people to run for office and have our elected officials look more like those they are elected to represent, and no politician should sit in one seat for twenty years or more.  We need term limits and programs to help teach children and young people how to get involved in the political process at all stages of their lives.  

If we truly value life, we need to pass laws that help sustain a certain quality of life outside of the womb, as well as providing mothers-to-be with quality maternity care and options, such as certified and nurse midwives.  We need to encourage programs that help to ensure that no woman has to make a choice to give up her baby simply because she cannot care for the child.  

We need to value our senior citizens and people who are differently-abled.  We should fully fund Medicaid for our children, our seniors, and the disabled and make it to where they, and those who care for them, never have to choose between food and medicine or utilities and going to a doctor.  We also need to increase funding for Home and Community-Based Services for those who have disabilities and need extended care. 

Alabama has a history of being last in the area of equality or equity.  I believe everyone deserves an equal opportunity to be successful in life--whether they are black, brown, red, yellow, peach, white, poor, female, male, no matter who they love, or anything else.  Until people of color can have a colorblind experience, none of us should have the audacity to be colorblind.  Until all men and women are truly equal, we should continue to fight for equality.  We are "the land of the free," and need to act like it.  In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."  None of us are truly free until we are all free.  

We need to take care of those who have fought to ensure our freedoms.  Caring for Veterans and their families needs to be a priority for Alabama, a state that loves our military and in which patriotism abounds.  

My name is Nicki Arnold-Swindle.  I bleed red, white, blue, and green.   I am the wife of a combat-disabled 25-year Army Veteran, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, a mother of six, a foster and adoptive parent, a Blue Star mother, a Chaplain Candidate, and the Community Family Life Minister at First Christian Church in Anniston, Alabama.  I want you to send me to Montgomery to work for you.

No inference or claim is made that I am endorsed or supported by the military in any way, but I proudly support and defend our military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.  

Nicki Arnold-Swindle is a reserve component member of the Alabama Army National Guard. Use of her military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform do not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, the Alabama Army National Guard, or any other entity to which she is affiliated.

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November 5, 2018

Thank you, all!

It’s all over but the voting and a final campaign finance report.  We still need to get our voters to the polls tomorrow, regardless of the weather, and you could help us hand out some of our last few goodies at the polls, if you want.  I’m so grateful for all of you and all you’ve done—from financial contributions to endorsements to helping us spread our message online or in person to knocking on doors and making phone calls.  We couldn’t have done any of this without you and your support.  It’s been a long campaign, and we have all been working hard since February.  Whatever the outcome tomorrow, in nine months time we have birthed a movement of having lower cost campaigns (we did everything for under $6000 and will have final numbers that may indicate lower soon), going into the district for town halls to be transparent and accountable to the voters, and showing up for public in-person and online to show you how very important true representation is to me.  I’m truly humbled by the support we have received—and I have received—from each of you and look forward to continuing to work with others who care about our community even after tomorrow to make the 36th District, Alabama, and the United States of America kind and UNITED again.  Thank you.


October 28, 2018

Thank you!

Thank you so much to all who have given to this campaign!  Each and every contribution overwhelm me with gratitude.  I believe we can win this.  We are giving it everything we have, and my family is fully invested in winning this for all of us.  Thank you for continuing to share our posts and the link to give.  We raised $135 just in the past few days thanks to all of you and hope to raise at least $365 more to match my investment for some much-needed advertising.  We are almost there, and we are looking forward to making history!

July 23, 2018

Gratitude and an Invitation

I’m so grateful to everyone who has contributed so far.  I want to extend an invitation to area educators and education advocates for our listening session coming up this Friday at 7 pm at Rosie’s Gourmet in Golden Springs.

Hope to see you there!


March 15, 2018

Close to our goal!

Thank you to all who have supported us.  Please consider sharing with your friends.  We need to raise $310 more this month, and I prefer to not raise money during Holy Week.  If we can raise $31 a day for the next 10 days, we won't have to!

In an ideal world, we would have a paid staffer on this campaign, but we are all volunteers.  I would love to be able to set the example for paying people a decent wage for decent work, but as I don't make one and we haven't raised (and probably won't raise) that much, we just have to fight that battle after elected.  For those who believe that individuals need to control the political process and not corporate PACs, we hope that you will consider supporting our very grassroots campaign.  Thank you!

Also, today is the last day to get your first-printing "A Woman's Place is in the State House" t-shirt!


March 6, 2018

Thank you!

Thank you all for helping us reach our goal for today!  We only need $335 more to reach our goal for this month!  I'm so grateful for your support and know that we can do this with your help!

March 2, 2018

We have T-shirts available to order!

I really like the design we decided to go with for our t-shirts, and you can get them in black, red, blue, or green!  I appreciate all of the support we've gotten so far, but now I need your help with three things:

(1) Help me get to $500 in the next two days so we can start ordering signs.  That is only $170 more, and if each of you has a friend donate $18, we will be over that goal and headed to our next one!

(2) Check out our t-shirts and order one or two or three!  We don't make much off these, but they get us very important visibility. (So you need to wear them!)  We need 25 ordered ASAP!

(3)  Share this page and our t-shirt page!




Thank you for your continued support!


February 16, 2018

Thank you!

Thank you to all who have already donated!  Please share the campaign with your friends and ask for just $18 or more donations.  We really need to get to $500 before the end of this upcoming week so that we can start to get some of our materials.  If we get to $1000, we can order some promotional items for you!

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