AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Sandy Toomer is no stranger to politics. Two years after he ran unsuccessfully against Mike Hubbard in the Republican primary for House District 79, Toomer is throwing his hat in the race for a second time.
"I've always been serving people. I've served people in missions. I've served people in business. Now I want to serve the people of Lee County in this way," said Sandy Toomer.
A Former South American missionary pilot, Toomer is currently the owner of Toomer's Coffee Roasters in Auburn. He is grinding out a campaign against three other challengers who want the people's votes.
"I've got a lot of life experience. I've done a lot of things. I've served overseas. I'm bilingual. I've lived in another culture successfully for 10 years. Then I came back here, not knowing a lot of people, and developed a business that was successful, and I did it without borrowing money," Toomer explained.
With the removal of Mike Hubbard from his position after a jury convicted him in June of 12 ethics violations, Toomer is convinced residents are ready to move forward.
"Some people say it was a black eye. I think I've heard another person say we need to go through a healing process, but I've talked to people and they just want to put that behind us and let's move on. They are looking for someone that they can be proud of, that they can respect, and that has no ties to special interest and can go in with a clean slate. I think I'm that person," said Toomer.
Toomer has raised nearly $15,000 locally during this race, with $5,000 of that being his own money. It is this fiscally responsible mindset he wants to take to Montgomery.
"My number one priority is to help get the state budget in order. Before we deal with all the other stuff we have to get the state budget in order. I think because of my experience and the kind of person I am I can do that," said Toomer.
Voters will head to the polls on Tues., Sept. 13.