Nine Republicans qualify for District 1 Congressional seat

Published 8:49 pm Monday, August 5, 2013

Nine Republican candidates qualified Monday for the race for Alabama’s 1st Congressional district, according to the Alabama Republican party.

Two Democrats reportedly qualified Monday as well.

The candidates are hoping to replace Republican Jo Bonner, who resigned last week to take a job with the University of Alabama System.

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Republican candidates who qualified include:

Bradley Byrne, attorney, Republican Candidate for Governor in 2010, former chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and former state senator.

Daniel Dyas, general contractor and small business owner.

Chad Fincher, state representative and small business owner.

Wells Griffith, attorney and deputy chief-of-staff of the Republican National Committee.

Quin Hillyer, nationally recognized conservative columnist for the American Spectator.

Jessica James, Realtor, grant-writer for Bishop State Community College and former candidate for Alabama State Board of Education.

Sharon Powe, entrepreneur, legal assistant for the US Small Business Administration and government affairs for Mobile (Pritchard municipality).

David “Thunder” Thornton, retired Shell production specialist and retail employee.

Dean Young, Realtor, owner of four small businesses and former candidate for Congress.

“We have an extraordinarily qualified field of Republican candidates vying to fill the remainder of Congressman Bonner’s term,” said ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead. “We have a great mix of well-known candidates as well as some political newcomers. One thing is certain, citizens in the First Congressional District will have a conservative Republican representing them as they have had for almost 50 years.”

Democrats who reportedly qualified include Lula Albert-Kaigler and Burton R. LeFlore.