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Coffee County Commissioner Josh Carnley announces bid for state senate

Coffee County Commissioner Josh Carnley announced on Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Alabama State Senate, District 31.

In his campaign announcement, Carnley paid tribute to the retiring State Sen. Jimmy Holley (R-Elba).

“I have a strong conservative record as a Coffee County Commissioner,” said Carnley. “I fight every day for the things that make America great. I would like to thank Senator Holley for his service to our area, and his long and storied career. I’m going to continue to be a voice for Coffee, Covington, Dale and Pike Counties.”

Carnley is a native of Ino in Coffee County. He is an owner and president of SanBuck Insurance. His insurance company has offices in Andalusia, Enterprise and Troy and provides personal, commercial and agricultural insurance throughout Alabama and Florida. He also farms cotton, peanuts, corn and beef cattle.

“I’m from a little place called Ino. It’s a speck on the map, but when you add up these small towns, you get a mass of people who love and value their way of life,” Carnley said. “I intend to be a voice for fiscal responsibility, economic growth, our children’s education, support for our military, and freedom from the burden of government. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our freedoms are fragile – we need state officials who will fight for freedom, not yield to the tyranny of government.”

Carnley is an Enterprise Rotarian and a deacon at Ino Baptist Church, where Carnley and his wife Valerie faithfully serve as teachers in the Children’s department. He serves as the Coffee County representative on the ChocPea Yellow River Watershed Authority. He is also a board member for the Greater Wiregrass Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Senate District 31 currently encompasses all of Coffee, Covington and Pike Counties, and the northern two thirds of Dale County. Carnley is running for the now-open senate seat of Sen. Jimmy Holley, who has served 24 years in the position, and 44 years total in the legislature.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL