Wes Kitchens Declares Candidacy for District: Shortly after State Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) announced his resignation on Monday, State Rep. Wes Kitchens (R-Arab) officially kicked off his campaign for the soon-to-be-vacant District 9 seat.
First elected in 2018, Kitchens expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to continue serving the people of north Alabama. He highlighted conservative victories over the past five years, achieved in collaboration with Scofield, a fellow member of the Marshall County Legislative Delegation.
“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 stated. “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, serving as the vice-chair of the Alabama Republican House Caucus, co-chair of the Alabama Pre-K Commission, and chairman of the Marshall County Republican Party, emphasized his commitment to being a conservative voice in Montgomery.
“I promised voters that if they elected me, I’d be their conservative voice in Montgomery,” Kitchens affirmed. “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.”
While rumors about potential candidates for District 9 have circulated, Kitchens is the first to officially enter the race. Marshall County Revenue Commissioner Michael Johnson, despite receiving calls to run for the seat, expressed his dedication to his current position. Freshman House Rep. Brock Colvin (R-Albertville) has been mentioned as a potential candidate, but he has yet to confirm his plans.
“We will have an announcement coming in the near future on my plans,” Colvin mentioned. “For now, I just want to give Clay the praise he deserves.”