On Wednesday, candidate for Public Service Commission (PSC) Place 1 Brent Woodall (R) responded to the announcement that he won a straw poll conducted by the Eagle Forum in Wetumpka the night prior.

The Eagle Forum hosted a River Region Candidate Fair on Tuesday at the Wetumpka Civic Center. Over 30 Republican candidates were in attendance along with over two hundred voters. Those voters filled out a sample ballot from either Autauga, Elmore or Montgomery counties.

“I am particularly happy to have won this straw poll because it was conducted in a setting in which all of my competitors for this seat were present, and the attendees had the opportunity to personally speak with each of us before casting their vote," said Woodall.

Woodall said he believes the result of the poll shows that voters want conservatives in office.

"The fact that the incumbent, a career politician who has held the seat far too long, failed to win this poll speaks volumes about the lack of confidence voters have in him," Woodall said. "I ask all Republicans to vote for a true conservative and elect me as the Public Service Commission Place 1 commissioner on May 24.”

Woodall is a Republican who has served on the Morgan County Republican Executive Committee and the Elmore County Republican Executive Committee. He also chaired the Morgan County Young Republicans and was the State Treasurer of the Young Republican Federation of Alabama. In 2016, he was selected as a delegate for Donald Trump at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Woodall is an attorney in the Florence area. He has previously worked at the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s office and on the staff at the PSC.

John Hammock, Stephen McLamb, Jeremy H. Oden, and Woodall are all running in the May 24 Republican primary for Public Service Commissioner Place 1.

The PSC regulates utilities like electric companies, gas companies, and pipelines.

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