9 Republicans, 2 Democrats to run in US House race


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Nine Republicans and two Democrats have qualified to run for Alabama's 1st District Congressional seat.

The candidates qualified before the 5 p.m. Monday deadline to sign up for the race.

The south Alabama Congressional seat became vacant when former U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner resigned to take a position with the University of Alabama System.

The Republican and Democratic primary elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24. Runoffs, if needed, will be Nov. 5 and the general election is on Dec. 17. If runoffs are not needed, the general election will be held Nov. 5.

Republican candidates qualifying include:

—Bradley Byrne, an attorney, former state senator, Republican candidate for governor and past chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education;

—Daniel Dyas, general contractor and small business owner;

—State Sen. Chad Fincher, a small business owner;

—Wells Griffith, an attorney who is deputy chief of staff for the Republican National Committee;

—Quin Hillyer, 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 U.S. Small Business Administration;

—David "Thunder" Thornton, retired Shell production specialist and retail employee, and

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

Qualifying to run for the Democratic nomination for the Congressional seat were:

—Lula Albert-Kaigler, a retired self-employed worker, and

—Burton LeFlore, who works in real estate.

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