Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth hopes to have a say in who takes over his old House seat. On Tuesday, he officially endorsed former Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education Secretary Jeana Ross in the special election for House District 27, which he held from 2014-2018.

Ainsworth touted Ross' "proven leadership abilities, strong moral character, and long-standing contributions to public education" in his endorsement.

"I have known Jeana Ross all of my life, and her high morals, her traditional values, her commitment to her Christian faith, and her determination to improve Alabama for all of its citizens are apparent in the way she lives her daily life," he said.

Ainsworth also praised Ross' career as a classroom teacher and work at the department in preparing students for the future.

"Her work to ensure Alabama remains the nation's leader in early childhood education will allow us to continue recruiting new industries, attracting investments, and creating more job opportunities for the current generation and those yet to come," he said. "Even after an impressive lifetime of service to others, Jeana is still being led by God to step forward and help make our already great state even better."

Ainsworth added, "I am going all-in to elect Jeana Ross to the Alabama House of Representatives, and I ask all of my friends, neighbors, and supporters throughout HD27 to join me in doing the same."

Aside from Ross, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George — who lost to former HD27 State Rep. Wes Kitchens (R-Arab) in the special election for Senate District 9 on January 9 — and Arab City Councilman Alan Miller are the only other candidates so far to announce their campaigns.

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