Incumbent State Senator Andrew Jones (R-Centre) launched his campaign for re-election at events in Etowah and Cherokee Counties on May 25 and June 3. Jones, who was elected to the Senate in 2018, serves as Chair of the Children, Youth, and Human Services Committee in the Senate.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in the last 2 ½ years,” said Jones. “I ran for the State Senate because I had seen first-hand as a business owner and farmer how government impacts hardworking Alabamians. I have worked hard to be the people’s voice in the Alabama Senate and bring much-needed resources back to the people of Etowah, Cherokee, and DeKalb.”
Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed offered his support for Jones’ reelection bid. “Senator Jones has quickly learned to navigate the ins and outs of the Alabama Senate. He is known by his colleagues as a capable and effective Senator who will do whatever it takes to fight for his district. Andrew is not afraid to take bold, decisive action to meet the challenges our state faces.”
Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield echoed Reed’s comments. “Andrew has been a key voice in our Republican caucus for conservatives policies to improve the lives of everyday Alabamians. Senator Jones is a champion for his local folks, but at the same time he has also won the respect of his colleagues. He has the full support of our caucus in his reelection effort.”
Elected to the Alabama Senate in his first run for public office, Jones campaigned on economic development, infrastructure, education, and protecting Alabama values. Progress has been made, he noted, on all fronts. “During my campaign, I talked about three infrastructure projects in my district. The U.S. 411 expansion project between Etowah and Cherokee Counties is currently underway, which is a $43 million project. We also recently secured $2 million for the engineering design of the I-759 Eastern Connector, and we are working with local leaders on multiple applications for funding for the Southside Bridge project. Last year, that same application made it to the final round.”
Senator Jones also touted a $2.7 million investment at the Etowah County Little Canoe Creek Megasite through the Growing Alabama Tax Credit Program, an investment which was made possible through an amendment that Jones negotiated to prioritize megasite properties over 1000 acres. He has also supported broadband expansion, incentives for small businesses, and workforce training efforts in the Senate, as well as education initiatives to expand pre-K, provide teacher raises, and recruit math and science teachers. Additionally, Jones has also backed pro-life legislation, election security measures, and 2nd amendment protection bills.
In the Senate, Jones has authored legislation to support the military, incentivize adoptions, promote small farm wineries, and repeal the grocery tax, among various other causes. Locally, the Senator has helped lead the effort to combat a proposed rendering facility in Gadsden, a cause championed by upwards of 9,000 Etowah county residents, and has also led an effort to repeal occupational taxes in five Etowah County municipalities.
In 2020, voters approved a local constitutional amendment sponsored by Jones to designate surplus prison food funds for law enforcement purposes, including school resource officers.
The primary election will be held on May 24, 2022 and the general election will be held on November 8, 2022.