Daphne Municipal Judge Michael Hoyt has announced he will run for the new Baldwin County District Court Judge Place 3.

Due to continued growth in Baldwin County, the Alabama legislature approved a new district judge and two new circuit judges during this 2023 regular session.

Hoyt is seeking the Republican nomination after serving as chairman of the Baldwin County Republican Party for seven years.

“I am a lifelong conservative Republican, just like most everyone here in Baldwin County,” Hoyt said. “My conservative values and Christian beliefs are foundational for me and help guide me throughout my life, and I know the people of Baldwin County share that same commitment in how we want to see our county governed.”

Hoyt serves as Daphne’s municipal judge and is a prosecutor for the city of Foley. After graduating from Daphne High School in 1996, Hoyt earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn in 2001 and earned his JD degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2006.

He is a member of the firm Harbison & Hoyt LLC, located in Silverhill.

“The role of a judge is to fairly administer the law, not to create it,” Hoyt said. “Given my many years as an attorney, prosecutor and judge, I have had the opportunity to see all sides of the judicial process and can draw upon that knowledge and wisdom to be able to be an even-handed and well-tempered District Judge for the people of Baldwin County.”

The primary for the position is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024. One of the circuit court judge positions will also be on the ballot next year. The second added circuit court judge place will not be filled until the 2026 election.

Mobile County is also getting a new district judge seat which will be on the ballot in 2024.

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