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Holtzclaw wants his seat back, challenges Butler for District 2

In an 11th hour filing, former State Senator Bill Holtzclaw qualified to run against current State Senator Tom Butler (R-Madison) in District 2. Qualifying for the race ended Friday, January 28, at 5 p.m. District 2, spanning through western Madison County and eastern Limestone County, was represented by Holtzclaw from 2010 – 2018. Holtzclaw did not file for reelection in 2018, leaving the door open for Butler. Formerly representing District 6 in the Alabama House of Representatives before moving to the Senate, Butler has served in the Alabama Legislature for more than 30 years.

Speaking to 256 Today, Butler said he is looking forward to the campaign.

“My record is evidence of my dedication to addressing the issues facing our growing community and I will continue working hard for the people of Madison and Limestone counties as well as the State of Alabama,” he outlined.

Holtzclaw did not respond to a request seeking comment but made an announcement on social media stating he would be sharing campaign initiatives on his website and Facebook.


In 2010, Holtzclaw defeated Butler, who was running as a Democrat, in the November 2 general election. Butler took over the seat as a Republican in 2018, beating Madison city councilman Steve Smith in the primary before defeating Democrat Amy Wasyluka in the general election. Holtzclaw had entered Alabama’s fifth congressional district in the U.S. House race before withdrawing prior to the primary.

District 2 includes the portions of Madison, Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal.

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