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Blalock signs term limits pledge

Blalock promised that if elected he will co-sponsor legislation.

Andy Blalock announced that he is running for the Alabama 5th Congressional District seat.

Congressional candidate Andy Blalock announced Thursday that he has signed the Term Limits Pledge just like Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama.

“Congress is broken, and it is time to clean up Washington,” Blalock said in a statement. “That’s why I have taken the term limits pledge.  I want people to know that I am not running for a job.  I have one.  I am running to put our country back on track and end the political gamesmanship that consumes DC.”

Blalock explained, “90 percent of PAC money goes to incumbents.  As a result, less than 10 percent of all congressional elections are truly competitive.  The system is rigged for incumbents.  Term limits give us more choice at the ballot box.”

“Our founding fathers never envisioned a class of professional politicians,’ Blalock said. “They wanted a citizen legislature.  By implementing term limits, we will be restoring their vision for our nation.”

Blalock is running for Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. Incumbent Congressman Mo Brooks is running for U.S. Senate so this is an open seat.

“As the next Congressman, I will make it my goal to clean up Washington,” Blalock promised.  “I will have the backbone to end the status quo.”

Blalock promised that if elected he will co-sponsor legislation brought by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to pass term limits which will allow people to run for three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate or limits similar to these. Critics of term limits legislation argue that the Congress would lose lots of institutional knowledge if term limits were implemented. The current seniority system they claim gives power to members of the House and Senate who remember numerous presidents, past wars, economic ups and downs and are not worried about what their next job will be.

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Term limits require amending the U.S. Constitution, so both houses of Congress would have to vote to term limit themselves and then that amendment would have to be ratified by a supermajority of state legislatures. Most political observers believe that it is very doubtful that term limits could ever become law.

Andy Blalock describes himself as a teacher, rancher, hardworking taxpayer, and Trump patriot.

Blalock graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2007 with a degree in biology and secondary education. He moved to Huntsville in 2007 and has been teaching for the Academy for Science & Foreign Language 14 years as a middle school Science Teacher. He is tbe SGA sponsor, and Positive Behavioral Instructional Support chair. Blalock has coach youth and middle school basketball teams.

In 2011, he moved to Athens and purchased Grassland Ranch where he has taught kids and adults how to ride horses and barrel race. Blalock has served as the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) director over 13 North Alabama Counties and developed the “Honey Pot Barrel Racing Productions” hosting barrel racing events all over Tennessee and Alabama.

Former Assistance Secretary of the Army retired Colonel Casey Wardynski and Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong are both also running for the Republican nomination in CD5.

The Republican primary will be on May 24, 2022.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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