The Clarion: Brooks announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

May 19, 2017

U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, Ala. 5th Congressional District, announced Monday he will seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by former Senator Jeff Sessions who is now the U.S. Attorney General.

The Senate seat is currently held by former Alabama governor, Robert Bentley’s appointee, Luther Strange. Prior to his appointment, Strange was the Alabama Attorney General.

Brooks was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Brooks was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1982 and re-elected through the 1990 election cycle. He was appointed to Madison County District Attorney’s office in 1991. Brooks was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Jeff Sessions from 1995-1996, and was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Bill Pryor from 1996-2002. He was elected to the Madison County Commission in 1996 and reelected in 2002, 2004, and 2008.

Political party qualifying for the Special Election will end Wednesday, May 17 at 5 p.m.

Also planning a run for the seat will be Luther Strange (incumbent), former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Randy Brinson, Alabama Representative Ed Henry, Ron Crumpton and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

The Special Election Primary will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2017. A Run-Off, if needed, will be held Tuesday, September 26 and the General Election will be held Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

The deadline for qualifying as a minor party or Independent candidate will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by 5 p.m. To qualify as an independent you must obtain 35,412 signatures from qualified registered voters according to a proclamation issued by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

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