Alabama House District 38 incumbent Rep. Debbie Hamby Wood (R-Valley) qualified on Tuesday to run for re-election to her second term in the Alabama House.

“It’s been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Lee and Chambers Counties these last three years,” Wood said in a statement. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and looking forward to doing even more to make our District a better place for our families, our children and our grandchildren.”

Prior to being elected to the House, Wood served four terms as the District 6 Representative on the Chambers County Commission and was the first female to serve as Commission Chair.

In 2014, she served as President of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.

For over 20 years, Wood has owned and operated Century 21 Wood Real Estate in Valley, where she and her husband of over 30 years, Bobby, live. They have two children and three grandchildren. They attend Langdale United Methodist Church.

Wood is a breast cancer survivor. For the past six years, Wood has been a staunch advocate of early detection and treatment of breast cancer.  She has also worked to increase awareness of dense breast tissue, which many women have, and how it can make the early diagnosis of breast cancer more difficult.  This happened to Wood, and it delayed her diagnosis and subsequent treatment for nearly a year.

In the legislature, Wood has sponsored bills in the House to require medical personnel to inform women if they have dense breast tissue, similar to laws in neighboring states.

Wood has been endorsed by both the Alabama Farmer’s Federation and the Business Council of Alabama.

She is facing a stiff primary challenge from Micah Messer.

Qualifying for both major parties is underway and will continue through Friday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m.

The Republican Party primary will be held on May 24.

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