By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Thursday, July 27, 2017, Tommy Amason, an Army Command Sergeant Major and two-tour Iraq War veteran, formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Congressional House seat in District 2. The announcement event was held at the Wetumpka Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1472.
Amason touted his experience as a war veteran and nearly thirty years of service in the US Army Reserves as qualifications for his serving in the United States House of Representatives.
Amason said to the veterans in Wetumpka, “We deserve a leader that understands that their job is to listen to you and carry your concerns to Washington; not capitalizing on what’s best for their career or wallet. Our current Representative (Martha Roby) has, until recently, maintained the worst conservative voting record of any Republican Representative in the State of Alabama…According to Conservative Review: Representative Roby has an appalling average score of an ‘F’. We deserve better. We deserve a Representative that consistently votes for our conservative values and also one that hasn’t had corrupt charges lingering over them. We deserve an anti-establishment leader that has morals and ethics that will guide him and his actions. That’s what I bring to the table.”
Tommy Amason is a lifelong resident of Prattville and a graduate of Prattville High School. Amason said in his statement that he has been a born again Christian since he was twelve. Amason has been a husband for twenty-six years and has raised four children.
Amason currently works at International Paper in Prattville as well.
The Second Congressional District is currently represented by Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery). Roby is in her fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. While The Alabama Political Reporter has not received a formal announcement yet, all reports are that Representative Roby will be running for re-election. State Representative Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) has announced that he also is running in the Second Congressional District.
The Democratic Party Congressional Committee has targeted the seat as a possible pickup for Democrats in 2018 and has been routinely blasting Roby in press releases.
Roby took the seat from Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Montgomery) in the landmark Republican wave election of 2010.
The Major Party Primaries are on June 5, 2018.