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Love announces resignation from Alabama House of Representatives

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July 11, 2013

Alabama Rep. Jay Love (R)

By Nick Katers

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Representative Jay Love (R) has announced his resignation from the Alabama House of Representatives as of August 1, 2013. Love has represented District 74 in the House since his election in 2002 and served as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. House seat in 2008 and the chair of the Alabama Republican Party in 2011.[1][2]

Love cited his desire to develop new business ventures and advocate for school choice in his announcement. “Stepping down from my House seat allows me to continue working to reform education from the private sector while devoting more time to my family and pursuing business opportunities that my public obligations have required me to neglect,” said Love.[1] He has been a restaurant owner and currently operates a real estate investment firm.

The District 74 vacancy will be filled in a special election on a date set by Governor Robert Bentley. Bentley has not announced plans for the special election though Alabama state law offers significant latitude. Title 17, Chapter 15 of the Code of Alabama states, “All special elections shall be held on such day as the Governor may direct.”[3]

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