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Auburn City Council member Hovey challenging Whatley for Senate seat

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Auburn City Council member Jay Hovey announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for Alabama State Senate District 27 on Friday.

Hovey is the first Republican candidate to challenge current state Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, for the seat.

“A region of our significance deserves representation in Montgomery we can be proud of,” Hovey said in a press release. “It is time for a change to someone who can build bridges, facilitate connections and has service to constituents as his primary motivation. I believe that someone is me.”

Hovey is the city council member for Ward 7 and currently a mortgage loan originator with Auburn Bank.

“I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful and vibrant community, and it has been an honor and privilege to represent my neighbors, family and friends as councilman,” Hovey said. “The opportunity to extend that service further would allow me to expand positive impact on our region.”

In his press release, Hovey says he has held a variety of community leadership roles and in 2020 was appointed by Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth to serve on the state’s Small Business Advisory Commission.

There are currently no campaign finance reports filed for Hovey with the Secretary of State’s campaign finance records database.

Whatley is currently serving his third term in office. According to Whatley’s most recent campaign finance report, he has $246,933 on hand and this year has raised $355,071. Alabama Daily News reached out to Whatley for a response to Hovey’s announcement.

Senate District 27 consists of portions of Tallapoosa, Lee and Russell counties.

The state’s Republican primary election is set for May 24.

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