By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, July 1 Bryan E. Morgan announced in a written statement that he was running in State Senate District 30 as an independent. Morgan is a Prattville attorney and a Military Veteran. Bryan E. Morgan submitted almost 1,900 voter signatures and was certified on June 12 by the Alabama Secretary of State’s office that he had turned in the necessary number of signatures of registered District 30 voters to be allowed on the November 4 General Election ballot.
Bryan Morgan said, “Decisions in the legislature should never be made on what is best for any political party but rather what is best for the people.” Morgan says that he understands the value of the public servants that drive the school buses, guard the prisoners, patrol the roads and protect and teach the children in Alabama. Morgan promises that he will make sure that Alabama state employees and teachers receive the pay and benefits that they deserve.
Morgan is also promising to support both a statewide vote on the expansion of Medicaid and common sense prison reform. Morgan also plans to prepare for another round of base closures that could impact Maxwell and Gunter by working with the Military Stabilization Commission.
Morgan has worked as an attorney since 1981 and has worked for the State of Alabama since 1983 as a legal advisor to the Governor’s Office. Most recently Morgan has served as the senior full-time attorney for the Alabama National Guard, a position he held for 15 years before retiring in June 2012 with over 34 years of military service. Since retirement, Morgan has helped with the establishment of Veterans Courts throughout the state and as an Adjunct Professor of Military Justice at Jones School of Law.
The new five-county district covers all of Autauga and Coosa counties and parts of Elmore, Chilton and Tallapoosa counties.
Morgan will face the winner of the July 15 Republican Primary Runoff in the General Election on November 4.
In the Republican runoff, Clyde Chambliss is competing with Harrison Garner for the open State Senate seat. Chambliss had 50 percent of the vote in the June 4 Republican Primary, but very narrowly missed the 50 percent plus one margin needed to win the primary outright in the competitive four person field. No Democrat even qualified to run in the heavily Republican district. A debate between the two Republicans is scheduled in Prattville on Monday, July 7 at the Bass Pro Shoppe at 6:30 pm. River Region Republican Club, which is hosting the debate, will be holding a dinner at 5:30 pm.
Popular incumbent State Senator Bryan Taylor (R) from Prattville is not seeking re-election.