Rich Hobson, 56, made the announcement Wednesday from the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala. where he outlined his platform which includes issues such as bolstering the military, returning to prayer, and opposing both abortion and LGBT rights. He was also sure to assert his loyalty to President Donald Trump‘s agenda, especially his stance on immigration.
Hobson joins State Rep. Barry Moore and Army veteran Tommy Amason who are also challenging Roby in the Republican primary.
In 2017, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) identified Roby as their sole target in the Yellowhammer State in their efforts to flip the House after she won her seat by just eight points in 2016.
Roby’s Chief of Staff Torrie Matous pointed to the DCCC’s targeting of the seat as a reason why Republicans need a proven candidate like Roby, she commented in response to Hobson’s announcement.
“In the 2010 election, Martha Roby beat Democrat Bobby Bright to turn AL-02 red again. With Democrats in Alabama more energized than ever before and Nancy Pelosi targeting our district, it is critical to nominate a responsible conservative who can keep this vital seat in Republicans’ hands,” said Matous. “From her work on behalf of our veterans and the military — including her recent efforts to help bring the F-35 mission to Montgomery — to her support of Alabama’s farmers, Martha Roby is the clear conservative choice for this seat.”
The Alabama Republican primary is June 5. The filing deadline is February 9.