By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Tommy Amason, a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Reserves and two-tour Iraq War veteran, qualified as a Republican for the Congressional House seat in District 2 last week.
Amason served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years and is now running for Congress to take that dedication of service to a different arena.
“I’m running for U.S. Congress because after literally hours of prayer and pressure from my community, I feel like this is my calling,” Amason said in a statement. “My entire life has been spent in service to the people of this great nation and state, and now I’m trying to serve them in a different capacity.”
Amason said that he has been a born again Christian since he was 12 and says it’s time Alabama has a leader that operates based on morals and ethics instead of what is best for their pocketbook.
“Our forefathers meant for us to be represented just as they stated: for the people, by the people,” Amason said. “It’s time we do just that. It’s time we elect people like you and me, not money hungry and power-hungry people. We deserve true servants who put our needs first. That is what I’m offering.”
Amason recently set up a Veteran’s Advisory Board to make sure that veterans are a central part of his campaign.
“Very concerned about the treatment of our current military members and Veterans,” Amason said. “Continuing the fight for safety at our borders and protection of our religious liberties are also amng Amason’s top priorities.”
Amason is a lifelong resident of Prattville, Ala. and an alumnus of Prattville High School. Tommy serves in the Army Reserves and works for International Paper in Prattville.
The seat is currently held by U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.
Roby defeated Congressman Bobby Bright, D-Montgomery, in 2010.
Bright is now running again, this time as a Republican. The former administrator of the Alabama Courts, Rich Hobson, and state Representative Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, join Amason, Bright and Roby in the Republican primary election on June 5, 2018.
The winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in November. Tabitha Isner and Audri Scott Williams are running in the Democratic primary.