On Wednesday, former candidate Angela McClure announced that she was endorsing Taylor in the runoff to represent southeast Huntsville in Madison County.
“I just want to thank all my friends, family, and supporters for everything during this campaign,” McClure said in a statement on social media. “I put my 100% support behind Frances Taylor for State House 20. North Alabama has been a boys' club long enough. We need more conservative women being represented in the Alabama state legislature. Frances is honest and is of the highest integrity. She will do great things for District 20. Frances Taylor has my full and complete endorsement.”
After advancing to the runoff, Taylor said, “To my supporters, I can’t thank you enough for showing up today. I am going to need you to show up again on June 21st, this isn’t over yet. We made the RUNOFF!!!”
Taylor is the former chair of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women and a well-known conservative political activist. Lomax is the Vice President of Asset Management for a real estate investment trust.
McClure is a businesswoman and former Trump White House staff member. McClure finished in third place behind Lomax and Taylor in Tuesday’s Republican primary. In unofficial election results from the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, Lomax received 43.9% of votes, Taylor 26.1%, and McClure had 16.5%, while James Brown finished with 13.5%.
Despite not making the runoff election for the state House, McClure was elected Tuesday to the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.
“So excited to announce I won the Republican Party State Executive Committee seat last night!!” McClure said on social media. “I’m so honored to have this prestigious and important role with the Republican Party, and I look forward to bringing a fresh viewpoint of ideas to make our party even stronger in the state of Alabama!!”
House District 20 is currently represented by Howard Sanderford (R-Huntsville) who is retiring after this term. Sanderford has represented HD20 since 1989. He chairs the House Sunset Committee and Joint Legislative Medal of Honor Committee.
Taylor challenged Sanderford unsuccessfully in the Republican primary in 2010.
Lomax has been endorsed by the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.
Taylor has been endorsed by Alabama Citizens for Life, the Alabama Republican Assembly, Conservative Christians of Alabama, the Alabama Forestry Association and the Thatcher Coalition.
The Republican primary runoff will be on June 21. The Alabama Democratic Party does not have a qualified candidate in HD20.
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