By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter
A Madison small businessman will be joining the primary battle for the Republican nomination for the State Senate seat held by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who has said he won’t seek re-election next year.
Madison City Councilman Steve Smith, who is in his second term on the council, said in an announcement Monday that he would be seeking the seat. Former State Sen. Tom Butler, who served in the body from 1994-2010 as a Democrat, has also said he is seeking the seat as a Republican.