AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – An Auburn University alumnus, veteran firefighter and businessman has announced he will be the fourth man to seek the Alabama House representative seat vacated by former House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
Joe Lovvorn will run as a republican in the Sept. 13 special election for House Seat 79, vacated with the conviction of Mike Hubbard on June 10.
"I have spent my life working to make our community a better place to live and raise a family,'' Lovvorn said. "That goal will not change, and I have the experience to make it happen. I'm asking the voters for this opportunity, and I won't disappoint.''
Lovvorn earned both his undergraduate degree and his MBA from Auburn University, and is currently a realtor and the owner/franchisee of Two Men and a Truck.
"I love Auburn University," Lovvorn added. "The University is crucial to the success of our community. I will do everything possible to represent the needs of Auburn, while forming partnerships to improve our community's quality of life.''
Lovvorn is the fourth person to announce he is running for House Seat 79; businessman Sandy Toomer, attorney Brett Smith and attorney Hal Walker announced their bids last week. All four men are running as republicans.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced on June 17 that a special election will be held to replace Hubbard. All candidates interested in running for election must qualify with their major party affiliation by Thursday, July 14 at 5 p.m. The major parties must certify their qualified candidate by the Alabama Secretary of State by noon on Friday, July 15.
- A special Primary election for the District 79 House seat will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Or in the event that a Special Primary Election is not necessary because the major parties have only one candidate, the special general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.
- If necessary because of one candidate not receiving a majority of the votes in the Special Primary election, a Special Primary Runoff Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.
- If a Special Primary Runoff Election is not necessary because one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the Special Primary Election, the Special General Election will be held on Nov. 29, 2016.
- If a Special Primary Runoff Election is required, the Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.
Lovvorn, originally from Graham, AL, is married to his wife, Jenifer, and the father of two sons, Jackson, 9, and Landon, 7.
District 79 covers Lee County.
Hubbard was found guilty of 12 of 23 ethics charges; he will be sentenced on July 8.