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BIRMINGHAM, AL -
From: The ALGOP Press Office;

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, winner of Alabama's 2012 Republican Presidential Primary, will be returning to Alabama later this month according to ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead.  However, Senator Santorum will not be campaigning this time but will be lending a hand to the Alabama Republican Party in further building the Republican Party in the northwest area of the state known as the Shoals.   

Senator Santorum will be the special guest of honor at a Republican Party fundraiser and public event scheduled for September 26th in Tuscumbia, AL according to Armistead.  "We are extremely pleased that Senator Santorum is taking time out of his busy schedule to come to Alabama and we are very excited to be hosting the first ever major events in the northwest part of the state sponsored by the Alabama Republican Party.  The Shoals area has been typically considered a Democrat stronghold but we targeted several races last year in Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence and Franklin Counties and learned that we can be successful in electing Republicans in every corner of the state," Armistead stated.  

Armistead stated that voters in 2012 rejected the claim that Republicans can't get elected in northwest Alabama and, in fact, elected the first Republican since reconstruction in Colbert County when David Black, Colbert County Republican Party chairman, was elected to the County Commission.  Since the election last year, Republicans have picked up another elected official with the retirement of the Colbert County Revenue Commissioner.   Gov. Bentley recently appointed Republican Tommy Oswalt to fill that position.   

In addition, according to Armistead, Republicans are gaining ground in Franklin County with the election last year of Probate Judge Barry Moore and County Commissioners Rayburn Massey and Chris Wallace.  Revenue Commissioner Gene Ellison switched to the Republican Party earlier this year adding yet another Republican to the growing list of elected Republicans in Franklin County

Electing Republicans at the local level in Lauderdale began in earnest with the election of District Judge Carole Medley who was elected in 2010.  County Commissioner Roger Garner was elected in 2012 and William Smith was appointed License Commissioner in 2012 when that position was vacated.

Lawrence County has seen a significant increase in Republicans elected to office beginning in 2010 when Rep. Ken Johnson and County Commissioners Bobby Burch, Joe Hargrove and John Mark Nelson were elected.  Also elected in 2010 were Circuit Judge Mark Craig and District Judge Angela Terry.  Appointments by Gov. Bentley has grown the Republicans in office also including the appointments last year of Scott Norwood as Coroner and Errik Jett as District Attorney.

 "Since the Shoals is no longer safe territory for Democrats we have invited Senator Santorum to come to northwest Alabama to join us in celebrating our 2012 victories and to help us prepare for even greater success in 2014," Armistead said.  Senator Santorum will attend a private fundraising reception in the Shoals area at 5 PM and he will then attend an old fashioned political rally and hot dog cook-out at The Tuscumbia Roundhouse located at 205 West Fifth Street in Tuscumbia, AL.  The political rally will begin at 6 PM.  The general public is invited to attend the rally and bring the entire family to meet and greet Senator Santorum.  There will be no charge for attending rally but contributions are gladly accepted," Armistead said.

 

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