State Rep. Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka) announced on Tuesday that he is endorsing Greenville businessman Tim James for governor. Holmes has served as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for District 31, representing Elmore County, since 2014.

“Over the past eight years, I have worked hard to serve the people of my House District with a strong focus on grassroots conservative state government,” Holmes said. "It has proven to be a constant ongoing battle for lower state taxes, less government control in our lives and preservation of our God-given and constitutional rights. During this battle, I have learned the importance of strong leadership. I firmly believe that Tim James has proven that he is the best-equipped candidate in the race for governor of Alabama.”

Holmes successfully sponsored legislation to ban the sale of tianeptine, a synthetic drug that mimics cannabis, in Alabama. During the 2022 Alabama Regular Legislative Session, Holmes sponsored legislation to end the 4% state sales tax on groceries

"In the past few months, I have had the opportunity to discuss with Tim James the challenges and opportunities our great state is facing. He has provided me with straightforward and honest answers and a strong thorough outline of his action plan to lead our state into a better tomorrow. Alabama is poised and ready... it's time to focus on our future.

“I am honored to endorse Tim James for governor of the great state of Alabama! As a proven business leader, Tim will bring an understanding of business culture to state leadership."

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of a constitutional conservative like Mike Holmes, who has a proven voting record and a history of putting Alabama first,” stated James.

James has previously said that Holmes’ legislation to repeal the tax on groceries would be part of his tax cut plan.

James is a businessman from Greenville and the son of former Gov. Fob James (R). James previously ran for governor in 2002 and 2010 but failed to win the Republican nomination.

Lindy Blanchard, Lew Burdette, Stacy George, Kay Ivey, James, Donald Trent Jones, Dean Odle, Dave Thomas, and Dean Young are all running in the May 24 Republican primary. The winner of the primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the Nov. 8 general election.

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