Wren has been relatively uncontroversial during his four terms in office. So in his district, which covers parts of Montgomery and Elmore Counties, many constituents were surprised by his abrupt resignation and guilty plea.
"I feel like it's sad because people put their trust in legislators and the people elect them and they trust that they're going to do their job according to the ethics regulations set out and when this comes about, personally, it just makes me wonder whether or not there's a whole lot more of that going on then we really know about," said Kara Cosby. "As a taxpayer, I think that those legislators should really be in the best interest of the people and not in the best interest of themselves or their businesses."
"I don't like the corruption. It's getting worse and worse. We need to get better about doing our job. We vote for you to do a job and you should do that job and no other job," added Shirley Hardmon.
The 59-year-old had already announced in January that he would not seek re-election when his term ends in November. Wren and his attorney said his retirement has nothing to do with the state's investigation.