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For Immediate Release: January 14, 2019

Marshall County's impact in Montgomery

Monday was an historic day for Marshall County in Montgomery, with 2 people from the county being sworn into state office on the same day.

Former Marshall County district attorney Steve Marshall was sworn in for a full term as Alabama Attorney General. Former District 27 Rep. Will Ainsworth took the oath of office as Alabama lieutenant governor.

“It’s big for a county our size,” said state Sen. Clay Scofield.
“That’s all everyone was talking about everywhere you went in Montgomery on inauguration day,” said state Rep. Wes Kitchens, who is starting his first term.

He also noted the men took the oath of office back-to-back.

Marshall County even scored big on the inaugural parade. Three bands from Marshall County marched and played in the parade – Guntersville, Brindlee Mountain and Arab.

“I don’t think any other county had 3 bands in the parade,” Scofield said.

Scofield said the local legislative delegation also got strong committee assignments this week. Those assignments are listed in another story elsewhere in this paper. Scofield’s assignments include being vice-chair of the Senate rules committee.

“The lieutenant governor presides over the Senate,” Scofield said. “The rules committee sets the agenda. We will have a lot of say over the legislative calendar in the Senate now.”

Kitchens, the former Arab Chamber of Commerce president, got committee assignments near to his heart in commerce and small business. He’s also on the transportation committee, which could be big if a new state gas tax for roadwork passes as is expected.

The legislative session starts March 5.

It’s not just Marshall County’s state officeholders and the delegation that now wield considerable influence in Montgomery. John Cooper of Marshall County is still the director of the Alabama Transportation Department and Jeana Ross is still over the state’s Early Childhood Education Department and its highly lauded Pre-K program.
“Jeana is doing great things with Pre-K,” Scofield said. “Our county has benefited from the Pre-K program and a lot of other counties have benefited too.

“We are set to do some big things over the next 4 years,” Scofield said.

Guntersville mayor Leigh Dollar, Arab mayor Bob Joslin and Albertville mayor Tracy Honea were all at the inauguration day festivities. Dollar also attended Gov. Kay Ivey’s inaugural celebration last weekend at the new Gulf State Park hotel.

Dollar too said Monday was a very good day for Marshall County and for Guntersville.

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For More Information Contact: Marshall County Legislative Office, 256-582-0619

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