Chad Mathis, orthopedic surgeon and Tea Party activist, seeks Spencer Bachus’ seat

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Chad Mathis, a Pelham-based orthopedic surgeon and Tea Party activist, announced Tuesday he would seek the Republican nomination for retiring U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus’ congressional seat.

Mathis, who volunteered for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2012 campaign, said in a statement he was running to oppose the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and seek balanced budgets.

“I’m running because I love God, my family, Alabama, and the Constitution,” Mathis said in a statement.  ”When I look at my children, Abby and Ben, I want to be able to tell them I did everything I could to stop out of control government spending and Obamacare.”

Mathis is the first candidate to formally announce for the race.  Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, who ran against Bachus in 2012, said he is considering entering the contest.

Bachus, first elected in 1992, announced last week he would not run for re-election in 2014.

– posted by Brian Lyman

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