Jasper businessman Matt Woods announced Wednesday that he is running as a Republican for District 13 of the Alabama House of Representatives.
District 13 is currently held by state Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, who recently announced that she will not be running for re-election in 2022.
“Connie Rowe has done a fantastic job for Jasper and Walker County,” Woods said. “She has been a strong conservative and a great representative for our area.”
“Growing up, my dad was a coal miner,” Woods said. “After being laid off, he started a small business to make ends meet for our family. I saw how starting a business can be a blessing for a family. I’m just grateful that we live in a country where a coal miner has the freedom to take a risk and grow a successful business. At the same time, I remember what it was like to be hit by hard times and the strain that it puts on a family. That is why I’m running for the state house. I want to help bring more economic development and well-paying jobs to our area.”
“I’m a conservative Republican,” Woods said. “I’m strongly pro-life. I fully support the 2nd Amendment and I will make sure that liberals in Washington can’t erode our rights by trying to nationalize our election system or using federal grant dollars to take control of what we teach our students in school. I will protect our conservative Alabama values.”
Matt owns Jasper Auto Sales with his father Jim Woods. Matt Woods is also a member of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees.
He has been an active member of his community, serving on numerous boards and civic groups. He is the past-chairman and an executive committee member of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the grant review team for the Walker Area Community Foundation.
Matt and his wife Brandi have been married 16 years and reside in Jasper with their 11-year-old daughter. Following the loss of their first child, Brandi started a local non-profit organization named Hope After Loss Organization (HALO). Hope After Loss Organization provides memory boxes and grief support to families who have experienced the loss of a child. Matt has served as the president of HALO since inception and credits the many families that HALO has served with helping his family to cope with their own loss.
Alabama House District 13 currently represents parts of Walker and Blount Counties. HD13, like all of the state House and Senate Districts, will be reapportioned and redistricted prior to the 2022 election.
The Republican primary runoff will be May 24, 2022.