Although news leaked out last week via social media, State Rep. Andrew Sorrell (R-Muscle Shoals) has made it official and formally announced he would seek the Republican Party’s nomination for State Auditor for the 2022 election cycle.
Sorrell, a freshman legislator, narrowly won his 2018 election by flipping a traditional Democrat-leaning district held by former State Rep. Marcel Black (D-Tuscumbia) since 1990 to the Republican column.
In a press statement, Sorrell touted his fiscal conservative credentials in the Alabama House of Representatives.
“As a strong fiscal conservative in the State House of Representatives, I think my talents and interests align perfectly with the duties of the State Auditor, “ Sorrell said. “Keeping track of $1.7 billion worth of state property spread out over 176 state agencies is an important task. I want to make sure that every penny of property belonging to the citizens of Alabama is properly accounted for. My political experience in the legislature and my professional background as an entrepreneur have perfectly prepared me to perform the duties of this important position.”
Sorrell was known as a maverick and often bucked Republican leadership in the House, perhaps most notably in opposing the 2019 Rebuild Alabama Act that gasoline taxes 10 cents a gallon over three years.
The Colbert County Republican lawmaker was also elected as the Alabama delegation’s chairman to the 2020 Republican National Convention.
“I believe Alabama needs someone with a proven track record of concern for taxpayer money serving in the Auditor’s position,” Sorrell added. “I believe that my conservative political philosophy and attention to detail will help me serve the citizens of Alabama well as their next State Auditor.”
Jefferson County pastor Stan Cooke is the only other formally announced candidate for the May 24, 2022 GOP primary. Another possible candidate includes State School Board member Jackie Zeigler, wife of current State Auditor Jim Zeigler.
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.