Davis out, Lipscomb in for Congressional race

Published 4:24 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A day after another Republican joined the race to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, one of the first candidates in the race dropped out.

State Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne, said Wednesday that he will not seek election to the 1st Congressional district seat and will instead seek re-election in the state House. He represents District 96, which includes parts of Mobile and Baldwin counties.

On Tuesday, Albert Lipscomb of Magnolia Springs joined the Congressional race. He is a former state senator and Baldwin County commissioner.

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“(I am) a true, God fearing patriot and proven Christian conservative leader that is troubled by the direction the current administration is leading America,” Lipscomb said in a release about his candidacy.

Davis said now is simply not the right time for him to run for Congress or move to Washington.

“I deeply appreciate the widespread support and commitments our congressional effort has received across the district over the past several weeks, but we are firm in our decision to bring the campaign to an end,” Davis said in a release.

Eight other Republicans are also seeking the office: Quin Hillyer; Dean Young; Jessica James; Bradley Byrne; James Hall; state Rep. Chad Fincher; Daniel Dyas; and Wells Griffith.

No Democrats have announced plans to run for the office.

Last week, Gov. Robert Bentley announced plans for an expedited election in the district. Party primaries will be Sept. 24.

Bonner is resigning to take a position at the University of Alabama System. He will step down officially on Friday.