By Brandon Moseley

Todd Mitchem on Wednesday announced his candidacy as a Republican for the Alabama State House of Representatives District 26.

“As a lifelong resident of Marshall County, I know our people’s values and what our community needs to grow and prosper,” said Mitchem. “I believe I can make a difference to benefit people’s lives, given the opportunity to serve.”

Mitchem is a native of Marshall County. He owns and manages several properties for his family and himself in Albertville, Gulf  Shores, and Orange Beach.

He is the son of the late State Sen. Hinton Mitchem and Jill Tate Mitchem. His father, a Democrat, served 36 years in the legislature, including serving as Sen. Pro Tem from 2007 to 2009. The elder Mitchem retired rather than run in the Republican wave election of 2010.

For the past 10 years, Mitchem has worked with Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound (CASA) of Marshall County and has served on the Board of Directors for almost five years. The organization provides care to the elderly and homebound. He is also chairman of the largest fundraising committee of CASA, directing their annual golf tournament that provides a substantial portion of the operating budget. Mitchem is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Shepherd’s Cove Hospice Foundation.

“I work to do as much as I can to help the people of Marshall County,” said Mitchem when asked why he was running for public office. “I have been able to provide a lot of service through my work with CASA and Hospice. The opportunity to serve more people in an even greater capacity is the reason I decided to enter this race for State Representative.”

Mitchem is a former high school and college instructor.

Mitchem is a graduate of Albertville High School and Snead State Community College, where he received an Associate Degree in Pre-Law. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in history and business, from Auburn University. Mitchem also has a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in liberal arts with concentrations in political science, history, and geography, from Jacksonville State University.

While in college, he served as an intern with both U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby in the U.S. Senate and with Congressman Tom Bevill in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albertville.

The Republican primary is May 24, 2022.