SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – State Senator Shadrack McGill (R-Woodville) will not seek re-election next year, saying he and his family are in need of a break from political life.
McGill, a political newcomer, defeated longtime former state Senator Lowell Barron in 2010. Since then McGill has pushed for pro-life legislation among other things.
McGill’s wife of 14 years, Heather, made news herself earlier this year when she posted a warning to other women to stay away from her husband or be outed publicly. Her post on Facebook went viral and landed her and her husband network television interviews.
McGill said he is not done with politics but isn’t sure how or when he’ll run for office again.
He said he consulted his family and pastor before announcing his decision to back away from politics.
He will complete his term and has several pieces of legislation in the works, including one that advocates for technical colleges and another that is pro-small business.
One person who has confirmed he’ll run for McGill’s seat is Todd Greeson, current State Representative for House District 24. Greeson works at Northeast Alabama State Junior College.
Greeson, a Republican, said many other legislators have decided not to seek reelection, including some with many years holding office.
McGill recently opened Woodville Tire and plans to run the operation for now.