Auburn firefighter Joe Lovvorn wins GOP primary for Mike Hubbard’s former seat

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Just four months after 12 Lee County jurors found former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard guilty on 12 counts of public corruption — agreeing with prosecutors’ assertions that the powerful Republican used the influence and prestige of his political offices to benefit his companies and clients — voters from House District 79 went to the polls to decide the Republican nominee who will run to replace him.

Jay ConnerJoe Lovvorn, Brett Smith, and Sandy Toomer were all on on Tuesday’s ballot for voter consideration.

Unofficial results show Lovvorn, a local firefighter and business owner, has come away with the victory, taking home 51 percent of the vote — enough to move on to the general election.

According to Election Manager Robert Garris, Lovvorn received 2,097 votes, but results won’t be official until next week.

For the past 20 years Lovvorn has worked as an Auburn firefighter and is a battalion chief. He also owns a moving company he began 12 years ago.

Lovvorn will face Libertarian candidate Gage Fenwick on Nov. 29 for the general election. No Democrats are in the race.

Unofficial results of the special election:

  • Joe Lovvorn: 2,017 (50.32%)
  • Sandy Toomer: 1,059 (26.42%)
  • Brett Smith: 501 (12.50%)
  • Jay Conner: 431 (10.75%)
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