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UNA touts alumni appearing on general election ballot for federal, state offices

The 2022 primary election cycle saw great success for University of North Alabama (UNA) graduates.

Multiple alumni of the institution secured their respective parties’ nominations and advanced to November’s general election in their bids for federal and state offices.

In a release touting the candidates’ electoral success, UNA president Dr. Ken Kitts praised the individuals for placing their names forward to serve the citizenry.

“We are very proud of these individuals and their commitment to serve and their willingness to allow their names to go forward,” expressed Kitts. “UNA’s alumni base is strong, and we are proud of all of those who are making a difference in their cities and communities across the state, region, and the country.”

The following UNA graduates were victorious in the 2022 primary election cycle:

  • U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) — Alabama’s fourth congressional district
  • State Rep. Andrew Sorrell (R-Muscle Shoals) — State auditor
  • State Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) — Alabama Senate, District 1
  • State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia) — Alabama Senate, District 6
  • State Rep. Phillip Pettus (R-Killen) — Alabama House of Representatives, District 1
  • Mike Kirkland (R) — Alabama House of Representatives, District 23
  • Wesley Thompson (D) — Alabama House of Representatives, District 3
  • Kerry Underwood (R) — Alabama House of Representatives, District 3

Jay Cochran, UNA executive director of Governmental Relations and Economic Development, indicated that the institution having an extensive network among policymakers would serve to benefit the university.

“Having UNA alumni in elected positions in Montgomery is vital for the university,” noted Cochran. “As we all know, important funding and policy decisions affecting UNA are made on a daily basis in our state’s capitol and having individuals in Montgomery, familiar with UNA and the region we serve, can only benefit our mission and goals.”

“We have been fortunate to have great representation in Montgomery, and when looking at the list of Senators, House Members, and statewide office holders, that representation will only grow stronger,” he added. “Most importantly, our long-term allies will have additional support to see UNA finally receive equitable funding, something that is needed and deserved when looking at our performance with enrollment and the workforce demands from the state.”

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