By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, June 16, 2017, Republican Andrew Sorrell announced that he will run for the State House of Representatives, District 3. State Representative Marcel Black (D-Tuscumbia) currently holds the seat.
Sorrell said, “I decided to run for this office to give the voters of House District 3 a clear choice this election cycle: a choice between a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican. I believe my positions on issues and my conservative upbringing reflect the positions and upbringing of the majority of my district.”
Sorrell said, “With the amount of job loss in Colbert and Lawrence Counties, District 3 needs a conservative, a Christian small businessman who knows how to create jobs and fight higher taxes.”
Sorrell is a 31-year-old entrepreneur, a private pilot, advanced SCUBA diver, Eagle Scout, and well-known local anti-tax activist. He grew up in Muscle Shoals and attended Webster Elementary School, McBride Middle School, and Muscle Shoals High School, graduating in 2004. Sorrell has a 2006 bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of North Alabama (UNA).
Andrew and his brother Mathew founded Infinity College Textbooks which has now sold over 400,000 college textbooks on the Internet and currently employs 27 people both online and in its brick and mortar location. His second business, Gold, Guns, and Guitars, Inc. opened in April 2015 and has 8 employees. The upscale pawnshop is located on Florence Boulevard and has sold 3,000 guns since its door opened. Andrew also began buying rental real estate at age 19 and owns multiple rental properties, both commercial and residential.
Sorrell lives in Muscle Shoals. He and his fiancée, Hannah, are in the process of building a home and currently plan to be married on June 30th, 2017. Hannah will be moving to Alabama immediately after the wedding.
The district includes Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield, Town Creek, Hillsboro, North Courtland, a small portion of Florence, and surrounding areas.
Rep. Marcel Black has represented District 3 since 1990. Black, age 66, is an attorney.
Rep. Black told The Alabama Political Reporter: “I will make an announcement of future election plans at a time of my choosing. I feel my record shows that I am experienced, have been effective and reasonable during my tenure. Of course, the ultimate decider is the electorate and they will have an opportunity at the ballot box to decide if they agree. That is what elections are for.”
The Primary Election will be held June 5th, 2018.
The General Election will be November 5, 2018.