A pair of Northwest Alabama leaders are throwing their support behind Congressman Bradley Byrne in the race for U.S. Senate.
Florence Mayor Steve Holt and Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford have each endorsed Byrne in his bid for the GOP nomination. The primary election is March 3, 2020.
“I think the thing about Bradley Byrne is he’s one of us,” Holt said of the South Alabama congressman. “He knows us well, all across the state… He’s well diversified in what he does with his law background, with his education background, and a good fit for anything he does, not only for the state of Alabama but for the United States.”
Bradford specifically referenced Byrne’s “heart” for economic development and said he could be a partner for Northwest Alabama for job creation.
“He has served in the State of Alabama, he worked with municipalities all over the State of Alabama, and he has served in the United States Congress now for several years,” Bradford said. “Bradley Byrne will make an excellent United States Senator, bring Alabama values, help Alabama quality of life, and work for jobs and economic development.”
Byrne is in the growing field of Republican candidates vying for the chance to take on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November 2020. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost to Jones in the 2017 special election, announced Thursday that he is running.
Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and Birmingham area State Rep. Arnold Mooney are also running. Secretary of State John Merrill is expected to announce his candidacy next week.