ATHENS — Athens City Councilman Chris Seibert announced today he will run for the District 1 seat on the Alabama Senate, a seat currently held by Democratic incumbent Tammy Irons of Florence.
Elected in 2012, Seibert is currently serving his first term on the City Council and will run as a Republican in the June 3, 2014, primary election.
Seibert's backers issued the press release Monday morning and Seibert held a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today on the steps of the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens.
City Council members have recently expressed concern about the lack of state senators and representatives living in Limestone County. State Rep. Dan Williams, R-Athens, is the only member of the local legislative delegation living in Limestone County. State Rep. Mac McCutcheon lives in Capshaw, Rep. Micky Hammon and Sen. Arthur Orr live in Decatur, and Sen. Bill Holtzclaw lives in Madison.
See Wednesday's print edition for details of Seibert's speech.