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Will Ainsworth campaigns in St. Clair County

Brandon Moseley

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Will Ainsworth, a state representative, speaks at a committtee meeting during the 2018 Legislative Session about his bill that would arm teachers. Ainsworth is currently in a race for lieutnant governor. (Samuel Mattison/APR)

Thursday, State Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, campaigned in Pell City with the St. Clair County Republican Party at a lunch meeting.

Ainsworth is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary.

“I voted for Donald Trump,” Ainsworth said, “I currently serve in the Alabama legislature.”

Ainsworth praised three St. Clair County elected officials. “I want to brag on your Senator. It has been a pleasure to work with him,” referring to Senator Jim McClendon, R-Springville, who was in attendance.

He also praised state Representative Jim Hill, R-Odenville, and District Attorney Richard Minor, who is also a candidate for Court of Criminal Appeals.

“I am the only candidate from the private sector,” Ainsworth said. “I don’t want to do this long term. I want to serve and then go home.”

Ainsworth owns and operates Dream Ranch, which is one of the premiere hunting ranches in the state. Ainsworth said that people come from all over the world for hunting and fishing there and they were aware of the events surrounding Gov. Bentley.

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“I want to be a leader you all can be proud of,” Ainsworth said. “I won’t embarrass you.”

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“I want to improve our public schools,” Ainsworth said. “My wife was a former pre-K teacher. I want to make pre-K available to everyone who wants it.

“I have a marketing degree,” Ainsworth said. “I am ready and capable to sell Alabama.”

Former Chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Party Paul Thibado gave a speech at the meeting for Twinkle Cavanaugh’s campaign.

“Twinkle is the right woman for the job,” Thibado said.

State Senator Rusty Glover is also running for the office.

The major party primaries are on June 5.

The winner of the Republican primary will face pastor Dr. Will Boyd in the November 6 general election.

The St. Clair County Republican Party met at the City Market Grill in Pell City for lunch.

Vice-Chairman Marie Manning announced the 12 winners of the St. Clair County Republican Party scholarships. Most of the 12 high school seniors were in attendance to be honored for their academic achievements. The St. Clair County GOP sponsors an annual bass tournament to fund its scholarship program.

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