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18-year-old is running for political office

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - This time of year, most 18-year-olds are preparing for finals. But one UAHuntsville freshman is preparing his political campaign.

18-year-old James Lomax is running for the District 3 seat representing South Huntsville. That seat is currently held by Sandra Moon, who announced last month she would not be seeking re-election.

Before a group of family and friends, Lomax announced his candidacy at Ken Johnston Park. Lomax is an acquisition management major at UAHuntsville and graduated from Grissom High School just last year.

Lomax says he has attended many city council meetings over the years and would like to see more transparency in government.

He tells us he feels his age would be an asset to the council and his district and says his fellow candidates shouldn't underestimate him.

"They're going to be talking about experience a lot, and while they have that experience, I have the experience myself of living in my district myself for 14 years and being raised here. I think that experience weighs a lot heavier than any business experience I could have," said Lomax.

Councilwoman Sandra Moon says she is not endorsing any one candidate in the race, but she did attend the event to hear Lomax speak.

"I think it's wonderful that we have somebody that young, and this articulate declaring it was a pleasure to listen to his remarks," said Councilwoman Moon.

Three other candidates have declared they are running in the District 3 race.

They are Army Cost analyst Jonathan Hitt, retired Huntsville Police Lieutenant Barry Pendergraft, and civic volunteer Sharon Tyson.

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