Candidate for Secretary of State and current State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) is continued his campaign last week, claiming that in his seven years as Auditor, he has “led battles against government waste, mismanagement, and corruption.”

Zeigler promised that if elected, he “will serve as the Watchman for election integrity.”

“As State Auditor, I led the fight against waste, mismanagement, and corruption,” Zeigler said. “As Secretary of State, I can apply that same approach to fight the manipulation of our elections.

“Election integrity may be the most important single issue. The reason is this: If we lose our ability to elect or defeat officials, then all other issues will have lost accountability to the people.  We would have government of the manipulators, by the manipulators, and for the manipulators. A vote for Jim Zeigler is a vote against election by manipulation.”

Ziegler listed areas in which he claimed are attempts to manipulate election procedures.

“We face attempts to allow non-citizens to vote,'' he said. "Only U.S. citizens should vote in U.S. elections. We face efforts to change ‘election day’ to ‘election week’ or ‘election month.’ We need to be vigilant against those who would vote early and often. We face assaults against our requirement for photo voter ID. We face ballot harvesting; automatic voter registration on election day; drive-by drop-off ballot boxes; and voting by mail. A vote for Jim Zeigler is a vote against all these methods of manipulation.”

Zeigler listed several accomplishments during his tenure as State Auditor, including filing the initial ethics complaint against former Governor Robert Bentley, which led to Bentley's resignation.

Zeigler also said that he led the citizen fight against the gas tax increase and has led successful citizen fights against toll roads and the $3 billion prison rental plan.

Zeigler has a degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama.

Zeigler is an attorney who specialized in elder care, where he assisted Veterans and senior citizens in getting coverage for nursing home and home care.

Zeigler has been married to Jackie Zeigler, who serves on the State Board of Education representing eight counties in Southwest Alabama. Zeigler said that Jackie Ziegler led the movement that banned Critical Race Theory in Alabama schools and has been a consistent voice to repeal Common Core. Their daughter, Mary Magdalene Zeigler, just graduated from the University of Alabama in Public Relations. Jim and Jackie are members of Kingswood Church and are active in the pro-life movement.

“Over the next eight years, the job of Secretary of State will be vital,” Zeigler said.

Wes Allen, Christian Horn, Ed Packard and Jim Zeigler are all running in the May 24 Republican candidate for Secretary of State.

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