Ward to run for Senate

Published 9:46 pm Friday, April 17, 2009

If State Senator Hank Erwin announces he is running for lieutenant governor, which he is widely expected to do Sunday afternoon, State Rep. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) will run for his seat.

In a media report Friday, Ward all but announced his intention to run and released information on three events Monday within the senate district.

Ward will hold an announcement event at Helen’s Place in Clanton at 8 a.m. Monday and then move on to events in Centreville and finally in Helena.

“I have provided strong leadership in the House and look forward to getting things done in the Senate,” Ward told The Advertiser Friday afternoon. Ward, who is his second term in the House, is the second highest ranking Republican in the House.

“I am excited about the opportunity and am looking forward to getting this going,” Ward said.

Though Ward says his running is based on Erwin’s Sunday announcement, there is little doubt of either announcements.

Erwin’s announcement will come Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Pelham Civic Center, though he has not confirmed whether he is entering the lieutenant governor’s race or running for re-election.

“We have been praying about it and discussing it and will make our decision next week,” Erwin said in an interview last week. “It is something that I feel God has led me to consider, and that is what I am doing.”

Erwin is in his second term as state senator after succeeding Bill Armistead, who vacated the senate seat to run for lieutenant governor in 2002. Armistead lost to Lucy Baxley in the general election.