Reed Ingram to run for Alabama House of Representatives

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Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram attends the ribbon cutting for the new Park Crossing High School on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Ingram announced Monday he planned to run for the Alabama House of Representatives. (Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)

Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram attends the ribbon cutting for the new Park Crossing High School on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Ingram announced Monday he plans to run for the Alabama House of Representatives. (Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)

Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram announced Monday morning he would run for the state House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery.

Ingram, a Republican, said in a phone interview Monday that if elected, he hopes to encourage economic development and support farmers in the area.

“Jobs are really big,” Ingram said, outlining his priorities as “making it easier for businesses to get their business licenses, (and) making it friendly for businesses to land in this region in the state.”

Ingram, the owner of Reed Ingram Motors on Eastern Boulevard, was first elected to the Montgomery County Commission in 2004. He ran unopposed for his seat in 2012.

Messages left for Wren Monday morning were not immediately returned. Wren, currently in his fourth term in the Legislature, sits on the House’s General Fund budget committee and serves as vice-chairman of the House Insurance Committee. Campaign finance records show he has about $11,000 in his campaign chest.

“I feel like I can contribute more,” Ingram said. “I’ve just never seen him in my district . . . I don’t think he’s a bad representative. I just think I could do a better job, (with) boots on the ground.”

Currently a boot-shaped district with its heel in Montgomery County and a shaft in Elmore County, House District 75 will be re-centered around Pike Road for the June, 2014 primary, due to redistricting. Much of the new territory will come from House District 76, currently represented by Rep. Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery.

Ingram said a number of people had encouraged him to run for the House seat, but that he approached the decision to run cautiously.

“We’ve been working on this for over 90 days,” he said. “During the last week, we pulled the trigger because the polling numbers look so good.

If successful in the primary and November’s general election, Ingram would be the second Montgomery County Commissioner elected to the House in a year. Last week, Dimitri Polizos, R-Montgomery, won a special election to fill out the term of former Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery.

– posted by Brian Lyman

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