State Rep. Randy Davis, just a day after U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner announced he was leaving his seat and months before the seat is actually vacated, announced he was entering the race for Congressional District 1. His quick entrance is likely intended to deter some other candidates considering the race.
Gov. Robert Bentley will call a special election for the seat once Bonner, who is taking a position as a vice chancellor with the University of Alabama System in August, officially resigns.
Bonner has represented District 1 in south Alabama for about a decade.
Davis, taking a typical jab at President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other “job-killing” liberals, announced his entrance into the race on Friday.
A long list of legislators, local officials and former gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne have said they are considering the race, according to multiple news outlets, so Davis’s early entrance should benefit him and possibly deter some other candidates.
Davis, a Daphne Republican who was elected to the House in 2002, retired as an educator in 2004 after working in the Mobile and Baldwin county school systems. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Mobile.
The lawmaker is chairman of the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture and Forestry Committee, the Internal Affairs Committee, and the Alabama Building Commission.
Among his legislative accomplishments, Davis includes the State Veterans Cemetery Act, the School Bus Safety Act, the Forever Wild Reauthorization Act, and the 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act.
– posted by Sebastian Kitchen