LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Candidates are making decisions this week about whether or not to run for office. State Senator Tammy Irons says she has decided to not seek re-election.
Irons currently represents District 1, Lauderdale and Colbert counties, in the Alabama Senate. She has also served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Irons released this statement Wednesday:
It is with a heavy heart, but after much thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek reelection to the Alabama State Senate. I have been honored and humbled by the people of The Shoals who have shown great faith and confidence in me, having elected me twice to the Alabama House of Representatives, and then to the Alabama Senate. The best part of serving has been representing the people of The Shoals, the people of the great State of Alabama and all the friends I made along the way. I was looking forward to making many more new friends in the newly drawn Senate District 1 and was honored by the overwhelming early support by the people in the new senate district as evidenced by the attached poll summary.
I am likewise blessed to have a wonderful family and a busy, full time law practice with many clients. The new Senate District 1, which takes effect in November 2014, stretches all the way from West Lauderdale County to Memorial Parkway in Huntsville and is geographically more like a Congressional District. I am concerned that covering such a large territory would take even more time away from my law practice at a time when I have many commitments this year. I am also looking forward to spending more quality time with my family.
I hope I have left The Shoals and the state a better place after over eight (8) years of public service. Some of the bills that I have been able to pass under both the Democrat and Republican control for which I am most proud of include:
1. The Elder Abuse Prevention Act designed to stop elder abuse in all of its disgusting forms – – physical, mental and financial.
2. The Juvenile Justice Reform Act carried at the request of then Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, which has saved the state millions of dollars and helped thousands of Alabama’s children.
3. The local bill protecting our Tennessee River for tourism, recreational and economic development purposes.
4. The legislation that helped save the Walgreen’s call center and local jobs in The Shoals.
I am not closing the door on politics. I plan to continue to go across north Alabama and the state to discuss political issues at the state and local level that affect Alabamians. While I will focus on my law practice for now, I will likewise continue to focus on ways to make North Alabama and our great state a better place to live.