Representative Wes Kitchens announced Monday that he will seek to fill the vacant State Senate District 9 seat that includes portions of Blount and Madison counties and all of Marshall County. The vacancy follows an announcement by Senator Clay Scofield that he is resigning from the position.
“I am excited for this opportunity to continue serving the people of north Alabama,” Kitchens said. “I’ve worked hard in the Alabama Legislature to promote a conservative agenda. Working alongside my friend and colleague Senator Clay Scofield has been an honor, and I wish him the best.” Kitchens added, “We have cut taxes on hard-working Alabama families, created jobs across north Alabama, and improved our state’s education system. I helped secure funding for a $30 million workforce development and training center in Marshall County and passed legislation to preserve and strengthen our state parks.”
Kitchens has held several leadership roles since being elected to the state legislature in 2018. He was selected by his legislative peers to serve as Vice-Chair of the Alabama Republican House Caucus. He served as co-Chair of the Alabama Pre-k Commission which oversees our state’s nationally recognized pre-k programs, and he is the Chairman of the Marshall County Republican Party.
“I promised voters that if they elected me, I’d be their conservative voice in Montgomery,” Kitchens said. “Whether it’s fighting for low taxes or standing up to an overreaching federal government, I’m going to do what’s right for Alabama.”
It is expected that Governor Kay Ivey will call a special Republican primary election in the coming weeks.