AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - A long-life resident of Auburn is also seeking the Republican nomination for the recently vacated Alabama House of Representatives seat in District 79.
Jay Conner has been a leader in the Auburn community for more than 30 years, serving in leadership positions such as Chairman of the Lee County Board of Equalization, member of the Lee/Russell Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
"I'm running for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 79 because we need true, honest and genuine representation. The people of District 79 should speak for themselves through a representative who will craft legislation and vote in accordance with our residents' will, not for the benefit of those gaming the system," said Conner.
He is a licensed real estate broker and development manager and has been active in many civic organizations including AUMC Food Pantry, Miracle League of Lee County and Helping Macon County Families.
"We should concentrate on making our state better by investing in Auburn University, our public schools, infrastructure, stimulating job-growth and keeping state government out of the way of progress; not by wasting time and money debating issues that are beyond the reach of the State Legislature," stated Conner.
Conner and four other candidates including Joe Lovvorn, Sandy Toomer, Brett Smith and Hal Walker, will run in the Sept. 13 special election.
The special election comes after former House Speaker Mike Hubbard was found guilty of 12 of 23 ethics charges.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced June 17 that a special election will be held to replace Hubbard.
All candidates interested in running for election must quality with their major party affiliation by Thursday, July 14 at 5 p.m.