While candidates for Alabama's 79th District House seat certainly differ on some issues, Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, and Sandy Toomer share a commitment to our state parks, public lands, and water resources.


In advance of the special election on September 13, all four candidates who qualified to run for this seat were invited to share their priorities for Alabama's natural resources via Conservation Alabama's "Conservation Candidates" questionnaire. The responses of the three candidates who participated can be found here.

"We know that voters in this district value their natural resources and want a conservation champion representing them in Montgomery," said Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. "We're pleased to see that Auburn and Opelika voters have their pick of three candidates who support conservation and understand that a healthy environment supports our economy and communities."

While the candidates differed on their interpretation of the legislature's role in protecting the environment, they agreed that part of the legislature's job is to support state parks and the Forever Wild Land Trust. They all also noted the importance of completing a comprehensive water plan to protect our freshwater resources from other states' interests.

Cndidate Brett Smith did not respond to the questionnaire before the deadline.

Founded in 1999, Conservation Alabama is the only full-time lobbyist for the environment in our state. Conservation Alabama has offices in Mobile and Montgomery to better protect the people and places you love. Learn more about Conservation Alabama by visiting the website.