Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright is looking to reclaim his seat in Congress — this time as a Republican.
Bright, the former mayor of Montgomery, Ala. is seeking a rematch with incumbent U.S. Rep. Martha Roby for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bright made the announcement on Thursday at the Alabama Republican Party Headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. where he explained he believes he’ll be more effective in Washington as a Republican.
“I tried to be a Democrat, and I didn’t do the job as a Democrat that I wanted to do,” Bright said, “mainly because my beliefs are conservative and that kind of held me back.”
This is the first time Bright has discussed running as a Republican. In 2013, he considered running for the state Senate as a member of the GOP as well.
History of AL-02
Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District includes just over half of the state capital, Montgomery, as well as most of the Wiregrass Region in the southeastern part of the state. In 2008, eight-time winner Republican Rep. Terry Everett announced his retirement, creating a vacancy for the seat. Bright ran for the seat as a Democrat and defeated Republican-candidate for State Rep. Jay Love.
Bright served only one term, from 2009-2011, before Roby ran on the Republican ticket and unseated him in the 2010 midterm elections.