Mary Scott Hunter To Run For State Senate Instead Of Lieutenant Governor

State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter, R-Huntsville, has decided to run for the Alabama Senate instead of lieutenant governor.

Hunter announced the change today. She will run in Senate District 7 in Madison County, a seat held by Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville. Sanford is not running for reelection.

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Mary Scott HunterHunter said education and infrastructure are key issues for her. "When I really sat down and thought about where I could be most effective on these issues it was in the state Senate," Hunter said.

Hunter, who is a lawyer and an Air Force veteran, said her military background has made her mission-oriented. 

"The mission is preparing Alabama to win," Hunter said. "Alabama needs to win. It makes me angry every time I see us not on the top of lists, because that's where we should be. We're not losers, we're winners. And I want to be a part of bringing Alabama up."

Hunter has served on the state Board of Education since 2010.

Other candidates who have formed campaign committees to run in District 7 are Republicans Sam Givhan and Jeff Still and Democrat Johnathan Hard.

Republican candidates remaining in the lieutenant governor race are Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville, Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Sen. Rusty Glover of Semmes.

Next year's primaries are June 5.

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