Former AG Troy King files to run for Congress

Former AG Troy King files to run for Congress

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News

Former Alabama Attorney General Troy King is running for Congress.

King, a Republican, on Thursday filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission to run for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. The paperwork states his official intent to run for the seat and establishes a campaign committee with which he can raise campaign funds.

A phone message for King wasn’t immediately returned Friday morning.

King joins four other confirmed GOP candidates in the 2020 election:

  • Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman;
  • Prattville State Rep. Will Dismukes;
  • Former Enterprise State Rep. Barry Moore; and
  • Montgomery electrician Bob Rogers

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery, first elected in 2010, announced last month she’s not seeking re-election.

King served as Attorney General from 2004 to 2010. King last ran for Attorney General in 2018, losing a heated GOP runoff to Steve Marshall.

He is a private practice attorney in Montgomery.

Chris Brown, a consultant for King, said he would make a formal campaign announcement later this month.

The filing this week was so that King could begin accepting campaign donations, Brown said. 

Brown said King is running because he feels like “Alabama needs a fighter in Washington.”

On a Facebook page for “Friends of Troy King,” King was weighing a run in an Aug. 10 post.

“We have always counted the opportunity you have given us to serve you a high privilege,” King says in the post. “As I weigh my role in doing so, I value the thoughts and advice of those who have stood with me before. If we haven’t heard your thoughts about the future of the Second Congressional District seat, post them here or drop me a line.”

King performed well in Alabama District 2 counties in both the 2018 primary and runoff.

Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District includes 15 counties in Southeast Alabama, stretching from north of Montgomery down to Dothan and the Wiregrass.