Wednesday, House District 30 candidate Robert McKay addressed the St. Clair County Republican committee at the Market City Grill in Pell City. McKay is running in the Republicans primary runoff against B. Craig Lipscomb. McKay is a former Ashville Mayor and city councilman.
“I did make the runoff,” McKay said, “I have 34 percent. The guy from Horton Bend (Lipscomb) had 25 percent. Rusty (Jessup, the Mayor of Riverside) had 24 percent.”
“The district is evenly divided between St Clair County and Etowah County,” McKay explained. Turnout is going to be low for the runoff. I have a lot of friends in Etowah County and that helped a lot. It is hard enough running for a House District. Running statewide, I can’t imagine how hard that is.
“I am pretty much self-funding,” McKay continued. “I have been heavily outspent. I want to be the hardest working legislator in Montgomery.”
St. Clair County Republican Party Chairman Lance Bell said, “Lets keep the Marshall family in our prayers.”
State Senator Jim McClendon, R-Springville, said, “I am speaking on behalf of Gerald Dial who is running for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. There is no question about his experience and qualifications to do this job. He is close friends with Sonny Perdue at USDA. I hope we can get strong support out of St. Clair County for Gerald Dial. Dial has been very supportive of me and St. Clair County
St. Clair County Commissioner Tommy Bowers (R) said, “Dial has also been a veteran. He is a retired general with 34 years in the Alabama National Guard. He has served the rural community for quite some time. He is financing this campaign from his timber business. I have also seen him milk a cow.”
State Representative Randy Wood, R-Pell City, said, “I represent District 36 which includes: Pell City, Cropwell, and Lincoln, I live in Anniston. It is an honor to be here and to serve you in Montgomery. Montgomery, It is nothing like what you imagine it is. The first thing you learn in politics is that you have to be able to count votes. I have a Democratic opponent. I feel good but you have to run scared. I like the way y’all do things over here with the lunch meeting. Feel free to call me. We are there to help. We will help if we can. If we can’t we will tell you that to.
Bell said, “We are going to have several Democratic candidates this fall.” There is a Democrat running in Robert’s race; one is running against Sen. McClendon, one is running against Randy Wood, Nikki Van Pelt has opposition. We have got money in the bank. Lets have a get together in September where the party feeds everybody.