Wendy Ghee Draper announced Monday that she is running for the Republican nomination for Alabama Senate District 12.
SD12 is currently represented by former Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, who is not running for re-election.
“As a life-long resident of Calhoun County, I am fully committed to our district,” Draper said. “After prayerful consideration, I can no longer sit on the sidelines. Jack and I are raising our three children here and I love our community. I have spent 22 years fighting to protect the rights of children and my clients. I have a record of getting things done. Now I want to fight for the people of District 12 in Montgomery and I will fight tirelessly against the attack on our conservative family values. We need strong leadership to promote economic development and support first responders, farmers, workers and teachers. As your Senator, I will be that leader. I will always stand for faith, family and freedom.”
“We need less government intrusion in our lives and no new taxes,” Draper said. “I will work to protect our families, small businesses and farmers from the liberal agenda. I will seek input from the people of district 12 and our community leaders to find the right solutions and partnerships to grow our economy and create good paying jobs. More than ever, our law enforcement and first responders should be a priority and be provided with proper resources to protect our citizens. I will always fight to protect our God-given 2nd amendment rights and defend our precious right to vote by ensuring the integrity of our elections.”
Draper said in a statement that she has the drive and vision to provide the conservative leadership and service that District 12 needs in today’s world.
“As a business owner, I am keenly aware of the issues business owners and our citizens are up against,” Draper said. “Small businesses are vital to our community. It is critical that we protect our small businesses, educators and farmers that have been hit hard by the pandemic. I look forward to collaborating with community leaders to find the right solutions and partnerships to grow our economy, develop our workforce and create good paying jobs in our district. I pledge to protect our businesses, farmers and families from the burden of government regulations and tax hikes. I look forward to listening to the people of District 12 and I want them to know that I will be their voice in Montgomery.”
Wendy Draper was born and raised in Calhoun County with her six siblings. She is married to Anniston Mayor Jack Draper. They have three daughters ages 16, 11 and 4. Wendy Draper is an attorney, who has been practicing law for 22 years with a primary focus of adoptions and family law. She works in a firm with her father, Doug Ghee, who started the law firm in Calhoun County in 1976, and several of her siblings. She has also taught business law at Gadsden State Community College.
Wendy Draper says that she will bring a unique perspective to Montgomery as part of the next generation of conservative leaders.
SD12 like all of Alabama’s legislative districts has to be reapportioned and redistricted prior to the 2022 election based on the 2020 Census data. SD12, as presently constituted contains parts of Calhoun and Talladega Counties.
The Republican primary will be May 24, 2012.