Rep. Will Ainsworth has entered the race for Alabama's Lieutenant Governor.
Ainsworth, a Republican who was first elected to the House in 2014, kicked off his campaign at a Saturday night event in Guntersville.
"We have to turn our state around. We have to make our government smaller, smarter, and above all else honest, and if we do, I am absolutely convinced Alabama's future will be brighter than ever before," Ainsworth said in his announcement.
As Lieutenant Governor, Ainsworth said his focus would be on ethics reform, ethics reform and improving education.
Ainsworth is a graduate of Auburn University. Along with his brother, he opened Dream Ranch, a hunting and fishing lodge in Guntersville. He also founded the Tennessee Valley Hunting and Fishing Expo, one of the largest tradeshows of its kind in the Southeast, with more than 20,000 attendees annually.
Republicans State Sen. Rusty Glover of Semmes and State School Board member Mary Scott Hunter have announced they are also seeking the Lieutenant Governor's post.
State primaries are set for June 5, 2018, with the general election following on Nov. 6, 2018