Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth has made it official: He will not seek the republican nomination to U.S. Senate in 2020.
In what is expected to be a crowded primary race, in which Congressman Bradley Byrne has filed to run already and State Auditor Jim Ziegler has established an exploratory committee, Ainsworth has been among the most talked about potential candidates.
In a FaceBook post earlier today he went on the record and said, “
Over the past few months, I have been touched and honored by the citizens across Alabama who have encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate. Their support and enthusiasm means more than they can ever know.
After deep discussions with my wife, Kendall, and prayerful guidance from above, I have determined this is simply not the right time for me to serve our state and our nation in Washington, D.C.
With twin, 9-year-old boys and a 7-year-old daughter, I cannot be the absentee father that service in Washington demands. The memories we can make together at their ages are too important to sacrifice.
I also swore an oath to serve as Lieutenant Governor when my fellow Alabamians elected me to this office, and I plan to keep that commitment by fulfilling my term.
Best of luck to my fellow Republicans who enter the race, and let’s make sure our current senator becomes known as “One and Done Doug.”