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McGriff enters race to represent Baldwin County in state Senate

Don McGriff announced today that he will be a candidate in the Aug. 7 special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Bradley Byrne.

McGriff is chairman of the Baldwin County Republican Party and has led the party through the last gubernatorial and Congressional election cycle.

Most recently, McGriff said he has served as a confidential assistant in the office of Gov. Bob Riley, but resigned that post in order to run for the senate.

“I do not believe it is fair to the taxpayer to receive a state or county pay check while running for another public office," said McGriff. "It just goes against my principles.”

During his career, McGriff has served on the Baldwin County Board of Education and has been the Republican party nominee for lieutenant governor.

After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, he moved to Baldwin County where he has resided for the past 35 years.

McGriff, who has a background in business and engineering, said, “My business experience has given me  a strong work ethic, my work on many local civic boards has given me an understanding for community service and my time spent with the governor and in the capitol has given me a solid respect for and understanding of the legislative process. I am dedicated to bring this experience to the job of state senator where I am confident I can be a productive and effective voice for Baldwin County.”

McGriff is a Rotarian, an alumnus of Leadership Baldwin County and a member of Baldwin County United. In addition, he has served on the Board of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and numerous other civic and community based organizations.

He is married to Jeanne Kelly McGriff and they have two children and five grandchildren. McGriff was educated at the University of Alabama and the University of South Alabama; he holds a law degree from Jones School of Law.

Other candidates in the GOP field include former state Sen. Albert Lipscomb, businessman Trip Pittman, State School Board Member Randy McKinney and Baldwin County Commissioner David Ed Bishop.

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