By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Veteran legislator, well-known political columnist and television personality, Steve Flowers announced Wednesday, that he will be a candidate for Place 2 on the Public Service Commission in the June 3rd Republican Primary.
In the last few days, Flowers has been barnstorming the State with crowds, gathering in Troy, Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery. Flowers was greeted at each stop by a “who’s who” of business and political leaders. Among many of those who turned out to support Flowers were George Clark of Manufacture, Alabama, State Senator Jimmy Holley, State Representative Alan Boothe, Probate Judge Wes Allen, Mayor Jason A. Reeves of Troy, and Mayor Jimmy Ramage.
In Birmingham, Flowers was welcomed by State Senator Jabo Waggoner, State Senator Cam Ward and Former PSC President Jim Sullivan.
In Montgomery, State Representative Paul Beckman, Bubba Trotman, and Former State Representative Perry Hooper, Jr were on hand.
In his stop in Huntsville, State Representative Jim Patterson joined the entourage.
Flowers is a familiar face throughout Alabama. His weekly political column appears in over 70 publications, with a circulation approaching 400,000. Along with his columns, Flowers hosts a weekly television show that is seen throughout Southern Alabama, as well as a weekly radio show that is heard throughout the State on Public Radio and on 15 commercial stations.
Flowers was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 at age 30. In that race he received the most votes ever cast for any candidate in the history of his native Pike County. He was reelected four times and served 16 years. He left the House undefeated and uncontested, choosing not to seek reelection in 1998. During his legislative career, he maintained one of the most Conservative voting records amongst his peers.
His campaign disclosure filed with the Secretary of State yesterday revealed a cash campaign balance $330,303.96.