Albritton to run for Senate District 22

Published 10:19pm Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another Republican candidate threw his hat in the ring for the state Senate District 22 race Tuesday, while the only competitive county race so far is in county commission district 5.

After the first week of qualifying for local offices, the first competitive race has emerged: incumbent David Quarker, a Democrat, will face off against Republican Katrina Wallace for Escambia County Commission District 5.

Wallace is so far the only Republican candidate who has qualified for a county office.

In addition to Quarker, Democrats who have qualified for office this week include:

• Grover Smith, sheriff (incumbent)

• David Stokes, county commission District 1 (incumbent)

• Larry White, county commission District 3 (incumbent)

• William Grissett, Escambia County Board of Education District 5 (incumbent)

Greg Albritton, a Conecuh County attorney and former state representative, said he plans to run for the District 22 Senate seat, which is currently occupied by Democrat Marc Keahey.

“I am committed to bringing more jobs and economic development to this district and updating the aging roads, bridges, and internet services,” Albritton said. “I know how to do this. I’ve done it before, and I can do it again. I’m looking forward to using my proven abilities to serve the people of District 22. I’m excited about the possibilities, and I’m ready to get to work.”

Republicans Danny Joyner of Brewton and Stephen Sexton and Harry D’Olive, both of Bay Minette, have also announced their plans to run for the Senate seat. District 22 includes parts of Conecuh, Escambia and Baldwin counties.

Albritton said he earned a reputation during his term in the state House for fighting tax increases, achieving economic expansion and working with the governor during the aftermath of and recovery from Hurricane Ivan.

Albritton also noted that as a private attorney he played a “major role” in the recent defeat of a proposed 5,000-acre landfill near Repton in Conecuh County.

Albritton is a retired U.S. Naval officer and former commander of the Mobile Naval Reserve Center. He has served as the Evergreen municipal judge and as city attorney for several area cities.

Albritton is a graduate of Ernest Ward High School, Weber State University and Jones Law School. He lives in Range with his wife Deborah. They have six children and 18 grandchildren.

Offices up for election include sheriff, tax assessor, tax collector, commission districts 1, 3 and 5, and school board seats for districts 1 and 5.

Anyone interested in qualifying as a Republican for a local office can call county party Chairman Heath Jackson at 205-901-1391 or email him at agentheathjackson@gmail.com

Anyone interested in qualifying as a Democrat for a local office can visit county party Chairman Everette Price’s office on Blacksher Street.

In addition to the county offices, statewide offices are up for election as well.

In House district 66, Republican Alan Baker has qualified to run for re-election.

The qualifying deadline is Feb. 7.

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