LEE COUNTY, Ala. – Two years after he ran against Mike Hubbard in the Republican primary for House District 79, Toomer says he will be running for the same seat.
Toomer says he lives to serve, and that desire to serve was instilled in him while he was a missionary pilot in Ecuador. Toomer says that many of his flights were Medevac flights where he would take people suffering from various ailments and send them to the treatment they needed.
Back in 2014, Toomer got into the race because of issues he is very passionate about such as term limits, common core and others. He also cited the fact that District 79 had the same representation for 16 years. Toomer says he was not running against Mike Hubbard, he was running for the office. Despite giving it all he had, the campaign came up short and many asked if he would run again in 2018.
Toomer says the night that Hubbard was convicted on 12 of 23 felony ethics violations, he received many calls and messages asking if he was going to run. Toomer says his desire to serve is the reason he is running again. “We’ve been given a gift, and a second opportunity earlier than expected to start some change, and I think it needs to start right here in Lee County in District 79,” Toomer said.
Toomer is the owner of Toomer’s Coffee Company and runs other businesses. He cites his business experience as one of the reasons why he feels he could be a good fit for the seat. He says he is not worried about filling the shoes of Mike Hubbard. Toomer says that he is “starting with a blank sheet of paper.”
“People know that jf we say we’re going to do something, we’re going to do it because that’s the kind of person I am, my wife is and our business,” Toomer said. “That will carry over because that’s who I am, and that will carry over into the House of Representatives or whatever role I play. I want to be involved in statewide government in some way to work for this state.”
Toomer told News 3 about his time as a missionary pilot. He said that he was told the area he would be serving was the size of Alabama. He said he found that amazing. Now, he is back in Alabama and says if elected, he will be able participate in votes that can do great things for the whole state. He adds if the campaign is not successful, the future will still be bright and he will look for another way to serve the people.
Last Friday, Governor Robert Bentley released a proclamation outlining the timeline to fill the vacant House District 79 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.
House District 79, which covers Lee County, was formerly held by Representative Mike Hubbard.
According to the proclamation released:
- A Special Primary Election shall be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. In the event that a Special Primary Election is not necessary, because the major parties each have only one candidate, the Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
- A Special Primary Runoff Election shall be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, if necessitated by one candidate not receiving a majority of the votes cast in the Special Primary Election for either major party.
- In the event that a Special Primary Runoff Election is not necessary, because one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in the Special Primary Election for each major party, then a Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. In the event a Special Primary Runoff Election is required to be held, then the Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
“The timeline that Governor Bentley announced will allow time for candidates to qualify and ensures that House District 79 has representation leading up to the 2017 Legislative Session,” said Secretary Merrill.
Candidates qualifying with major political parties should be advised that the last day for any candidate to qualify with their respective parties, regarding such election, will be Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The two major political parties shall certify their qualified candidates to the Secretary of State as soon as possible after the qualification deadline but by no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016.
All third-party candidates, independent candidates, and/or minor party candidates seeking ballot access are advised that their deadline for filing the appropriate notification, petitions, or supporting paperwork with the Secretary of State is September 13, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.