By Scott Buttram
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville businessman Shay Shelnutt announced Monday that he has qualified to run for the District 17 state Senate seat, which covers a portion of three central Alabama counties, Jefferson, Blount and St. Clair. The office is being vacated by Scott Beason, who said last week that he would not seek re-election. Shelnutt will run as a Republican.
Shelnutt grew up in Pinson and is a graduate of Pinson Valley High School. He attended the University of Montevallo on academic and golf scholarships where he earned Academic All-American honors before graduating with a degree in business finance. He also earned a Master’s of Education in math.
A former teacher and coach, Shelnutt spent 10 years at Clay-Chalkville High School and Oneonta High School. He has also taught classes Jefferson State Community College. He has been involved in real estate and business development since 2006.
Shelnutt and his family are active members of Palmerdale United Methodist Church. He is married to Paige Harwell Shelnutt and has two daughters, Lexie and Lacie.