AUBURN, Ala.- So far, there are five candidates in the running for Mike Hubbard’s vacant District 79 House of Representatives Seat: Sandy Toomer, Jay Conner, Hal Walker, Joe Lovvorn and Brett Smith.
Smith, who has been an attorney for more than four years says he has a good reason for wanting to run.
“Opportunity,” Smith said. “Not opportunity for me. Not opportunity for my family, but I saw this as an opportunity to combat some of those problems that are going on in Montgomery. To be honest, it’s a mess there.”
Smith says the mess is from the problems of the past, and he has no desire to re-hash the problems of the past. Smith says after the birth of his daughter a year ago, he and his wife decided they did not want to sit on the sidelines. They wanted to get involved due to their involvement in the community. Smith says it is time for new leadership.
He says his experience as a lawyer has opened doors to hear the interests and concerns of the community, but cites his experience in small business and as a father which will help him connect with those in the district. Smith says the community is very close together, and with all it has to offer, it can be a model for the rest of the state. Smith says he is passionate about providing opportunities to the district and strives for efficient education and job creation.
“This isn’t about special interests,” Smith said. “This isn’t about paying back the people who pay for your campaigns. This isn’t about best buddies and friends and backroom deals. This is about honesty, integrity and trust. This is about opening doors and allowing opportunity; not opportunity for those who support your campaign, but opportunity for every single person in our district.”
Here is the information on the process for filling Mike Hubbard’s seat.
- A Special Primary Election shall be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. In the event that a Special Primary Election is not necessary, because the major parties each have only one candidate, the Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
- A Special Primary Runoff Election shall be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, if necessitated by one candidate not receiving a majority of the votes cast in the Special Primary Election for either major party.
- In the event that a Special Primary Runoff Election is not necessary, because one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in the Special Primary Election for each major party, then a Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. In the event a Special Primary Runoff Election is required to be held, then the Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
“The timeline that Governor Bentley announced will allow time for candidates to qualify and ensures that House District 79 has representation leading up to the 2017 Legislative Session,” said Secretary Merrill.
Candidates qualifying with major political parties should be advised that the last day for any candidate to qualify with their respective parties, regarding such election, will be Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The two major political parties shall certify their qualified candidates to the Secretary of State as soon as possible after the qualification deadline but by no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016.
All third-party candidates, independent candidates, and/or minor party candidates seeking ballot access are advised that their deadline for filing the appropriate notification, petitions, or supporting paperwork with the Secretary of State is September 13, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.