WIREGRASS, Ala. (WDHN)—One of the most hotly contested races in the GOP Primary is for senate seat district 31 “open”
due to the upcoming retirement of longtime” Senator Jimmy Holley of Elba.

WDHN’s Mike Gurspan profiles the three candidates vying to fill the shoes of
A “legend”.

Alabama Representative Mike Jones of Andalusia was first elected to the statehouse
in 2010. He’s currently chairman of the important Rules Committee which often determines
what legislation makes it to the “House Floor”.

With the backing of NRA and numerous state and local organizations, Representative Jones
feels he’s the best candidate to fill the “soon” vacancy of Jimmy Holley who is “retiring.

Jones says “I’ve been in the statehouse for 12 years, I have a 12-year voting record, I’m very proud of it. It’s very public you can look at my 12 years of voting. I’ve been in the leadership of the House for eight of those 12 years. We’re following Senator Holley who has been in the legislature for 44 years.”

Josh Carnley has been a coffee county commissioner for more than a decade.
Coffee County’s tiny Ino community maintains a family farm.

“I believe that’s what the people of District 31 want. That somebody goes to Montgomery and wants to be a voice and an advocate for them there. But also come home and listen about the issues,” according to Carnley

The third candidate for the District 31 seat is “Stormin Norman” Horton of the Echo community in Dale County. At one time, Horton owned a tow-truck company and emphasizes his business roots by campaigning for office.

Horton says “We have to look at the big picture, what we’re fighting for. And that’s for you, the people of this district. I’ve seen thousands and thousands of great people.”

Senate District 31 encompasses much of the wiregrass: Covington, Coffee, Pike,
and the northern half of Dale County.

Reporting in Senate District 31, Mike Gurspan WDHN news for the wiregrass.