James Lomax’s campaign to represent District 20 in the Alabama House of Representatives has landed the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth.
Lomax, a South Huntsville resident and commercial real estate professional, is seeking to replace the outgoing State Rep. Howard Sanderford (R-Huntsville) in the legislature’s lower chamber.
The first-time candidate recently earned the endorsement of FarmPAC, the political arm of the influential Alabama Farmers Federation. Lomax now holds the endorsement of the state’s second-highest-ranking officeholder.
In announcing his endorsement of Lomax, Ainsworth indicated that the candidate represents the “future for the Republican Party.”
“When James Lomax told me he was running for office, I said I wanted to be behind him 100 percent because what is going on in Huntsville is not just exciting for Alabama, but for the Southeast,” said the lieutenant governor. “When I look at the future for the Republican Party James Lomax is it. So not only am I going to support and endorse him, but I am going to encourage people to get out and vote for him.”
Lomax is the director of asset management and leasing for Corporate Office Properties Trust, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which oversees investment initiatives of Redstone Gateway, a 468-acre business park development supporting Redstone Arsenal. According to the announcement, he has participated in the leasing of over 1,500,000 square feet in the Huntsville area throughout his career.
The lieutenant governor pointed to Lomax’s business credentials and asserted that it could prove beneficial to his service in the legislature.
“We need more young people in office and from the private sector who understand what is going on,” advised Ainsworth. “We need someone that has character, values, and more than ever understands what goes on in business. Business owners are being attacked every day and we need people to fight back. Now more than ever, the state is the last line of defense in what is going on in D.C.”
He concluded, “I was 32 when I ran for office and having young people getting involved and moving up through leadership and advocating for this community is a big deal. I am honored to endorse James Lomax for State House 20. I consider him a friend and I am really excited to see what he will do for Huntsville and our state.”
Lomax expressed gratitude for Ainsworth’s endorsement of his campaign and outlined a handful of priorities he deemed to be of importance and desired to address should his candidacy prove to be successful.
“It is a complete honor to have Lt. Governor Ainsworth’s support and endorsement in my race. I consider him a friend and a true example of what a public servant should be,” proclaimed Lomax. “I am looking forward to working with him in Montgomery in protecting our conservative values, being responsible with taxpayer dollars, and keeping our economy moving forward. Words cannot express how much this means to me, and I will work hard for the people of my district and our state to do what is right.”
Lomax, a graduate of Grissom High School, holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a master’s degree from the College of Leadership and Public Service at Lipscomb University.
District 20 encompasses the majority of South East Huntsville and Hampton Cove. The Republican primary election is scheduled to take place on May 24, 2022.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL