James Lomax on Thursday announced his candidacy for Alabama House of Representatives, District 20, which is currently occupied by State Rep. Howard Sanderford (R-Huntsville), who is not seeking reelection.
In announcing his candidacy, Lomax thanked Sanderford for his years of service in the Alabama Legislature.
“First of all I want to say thank you to Representative Sanderford for serving our district for many years with honor,” said Lomax. “I grew up in District 20, and over the years I have seen our community celebrate some big wins, but I’ve also seen it struggle with growing pains. I will work with our local and state leaders to make sure our district’s needs are heard and addressed in Montgomery.”
Lomax, a graduate of Grissom High School, is a long-time resident of District 20. He is currently the director of Asset Management and Leasing for Corporate Office Properties Trust, a Real Estate Investment Trust with a focus on Redstone Gateway, the 468-acre business park development supporting Redstone Arsenal. In his commercial real estate career, he has participated in the leasing of over 1,500,000 square feet in the Huntsville area.
Lomax pledges to provide the support needed for District 20 for its continued growth.
“In my commercial real estate career, I have seen first-hand the amazing impact of economic development on our community through new jobs and investments,” he said. “I will work hard to make sure that our economy continues to move in the right direction and that our schools, infrastructure builders, and first responders have the support and resources they need to keep up with our rapidly changing world.”
Lomax added that he will support veterans and active-duty military members.
“As a Christian, it goes without saying that protecting our values, morals, the unborn, and our 2nd Amendment rights will always be a priority to me,” said Lomax. “I will stand up for those things and firmly against the cancel culture politics that are so rampant in our modern-day society.”
Lomax is a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club and past president of the Rotaract Club of Huntsville. He received and appointment by the Huntsville City Council to serve on the Medical Clinic Board of Fifth Avenue and was also a multi-year contender for the Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year.
In 2016, he was a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year nominee. Additionally, he was recognized as a “40 Under 40 in Huntsville” by 256 Magazine in 2020.
Lomax completed his graduate studies from the College of Leadership and Public Service at Lipscomb University and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He and his wife Elizabeth live in South Huntsville and attend Whitesburg Baptist Church.
District 20 encompasses the majority of South East Huntsville and Hampton Cove. The Republican Primary will be held May 24, 2022.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL