The newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District might soon see its first Republican contender. As the clock ticks and no Republican has stepped forward to declare a candidacy, Montgomery native and former state Sen. Dick Brewbaker is being looked at as a potential game-changer.
Whispers from the political corridors of Montgomery to Jefferson County suggest Brewbaker might just be the “right type” of Republican poised to make a mark in the new district. These speculations are further fueled by undisclosed polls hinting at his competitiveness in the district.
Brewbaker’s political credentials make him a formidable candidate. Serving Alabama Senate District 25 from 2010 to 2018, his tenure was marked by significant efforts in education. Recognized as an education champion, Brewbaker proposed multiple reform measures targeting the state’s underperforming school system.
Before his stint in the Senate, he was a prominent figure in the Alabama House of Representatives for the 75th District from 2003 to 2007. Beyond his political journey, Brewbaker wore the hat of the president and CEO of Brewbaker Motors, a family legacy rooted in 1941, by his grandfather. However, Brewbaker sold the dealership earlier this year.
Earlier this month, the new boundaries gained the stamp of approval from a three-judge federal court. Set to be in play from 2024, the revised district now holds the potential of a near-Black voting majority. The new territory covers the southern part of the Black Belt, extending its reach into Mobile County.
As the political chessboard reshapes, eyes are on Brewbaker, awaiting his next move.