State Senator Harri Anne Smith will appear on the November general election ballot as an Independent candidate. Smith’s campaign announced Monday that the Alabama Secretary of State’s office has certified signatures submitted June 3.
Even though less than 2,000 signatures were required for ballot access more than 13,436 local residents supported the petition to get Smith on the ballot according to a press release from petition drive chairperson Gayla White.
Smith is a former Republican who was ousted from the party for her support of a Democratic candidate during the 2008 election. She won a landslide victory as an Independent in 2010.
“Four years ago the effort was really about people in the Wiregrass taking back our vote. This time it is about keeping our vote. The people in our area are mad about Montgomery political bosses trying to dictate who our senator will be” Smith said.
“The people in the Wiregrass know how hard Harri Anne Smith fights for our area in the Alabama Senate and they want to keep her there, “said White. “They know Harri Anne is accessible, compassionate, hard working, and truly cares about them. Her work has brought new jobs, school funding and support for senior and veteran programs to the Wiregrass.”
Smith said she plans to make a formal candidacy announcement in a few weeks. She is seeking the District 29 seat representing Geneva County and portions of Houston and Dale Counties. She’s opposed by Houston County Commissioner Melinda McClendon.