A Troy Republican has announced his plans to run for the GOP nomination for Alabama Secretary of State.
Rep. Wes Allen pointed to his experience as Pike County probate judge when announcing his candidacy.
“My entire career has prepared me for this position. As a Probate Judge, I ran 18 elections without a single error or problem,” Allen said. “It is that type of error-free elections that our probate judges, circuit clerks, absentee election managers, boards of registrars, sheriffs, and poll workers strive to achieve over and over. It is that standard that the people of Alabama deserve every time they go to cast their ballots.”
The Secretary of State serves as the state’s chief election officer.
“I have been on the ground on Election Day and I understand the mechanics of how elections work,” Allen said. “I will be there to support hardworking election officials across this state, both Republican and Democrat, to do everything possible to assist them and to ensure that we have the most secure elections in this country. I want every legal Alabama voter to know that their vote is important, it matters and it will be protected.”
During his time in the legislature, Allen has served as Vice-Chair of the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee and has sponsored several bills, including a proposed ban on curbside voting that is currently before the legislature for consideration.
Allen is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy. He and his wife, Cae, have been married for 21 years and they have two children, Davis, 18, and DeeAna, 16.
Current Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is term limited from seeking a third term in 2022. He was expected to make a run for U.S. Senate but announced he would not run for any office after details of an extramarital affair were released last month.