By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, May 1, Sixth District Congressional Candidate Will Brooke spoke at the Greyson Valley Country Club to the Republican Women of Trussville. The former Harbert executive is running for the Republican nomination to replace the retiring Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia.
Will Brooke told the crowd at the dinner meeting, “I am a candidate for Congress representing the Sixth District. I went to public schools in the Birmingham area. I married my high school sweetheart, Maggie and together we have raised three adult children.” Brooke said that he went to the University of Alabama and became an attorney. He went to work for a big law firm and then left to start a faith based law firm. After ten years as an attorney he joined the Harbert Company as Corporate counsel then moved over to the business side and held several positions including Chief Operating Officer.
Brooke said that he has been a member of Presbyterian Church at Lakeshore for 32 years and has been married for 34 years. “I am a business guy from here in Birmingham. I am involved in many civic and charitable organizations throughout Birmingham and Alabama. I never thought I would run for public office.”
The Federal debt is the greatest single security threat this nation faces. Brooke said that he favors abolishing the U.S. Department of Education. Brooke said that he supports state rights and opposes using federal funds to bribe us to do things we wouldn’t do by borrowing from our grandchildren.
Brooke said I am a Constitutionalist. I am a member of the Federalist Society. We need to strip things from the Federal government and return them to the state level. I also have a libertarian streak, “We are meant to be a free people.”
The problem is the bureaucracy that is growing in Washington. If elected, Brooke promised that he will work to make sure that Congress can not make any law that applies to us but not to Congress. Second, Brooke supports term limits. 10 years for members of the House and 12 years for the Senate. Third, he would make it a priority that Congress pass a prohibition on former members of Congress coming back to lobby the Congress they just left. “No one should get rich from serving the people.”
Brook concluded, “I hope to win your confidence and your vote.”
Current Sixth District Congressman Spencer Bachus is retiring after 11 terms in the United States Congress. Brooke is part of a crowded Republican field that includes six other candidates.
The Republican Primary is June 3.