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Democratic Rep. Napoleon Bracy joins 2nd Congressional District race

Bracy is now the second Democrat currently serving in the Alabama Legislature to officially announce their campaign.

Rep. Napoleon Bracy

Two new candidates have joined a steadily growing pool vying to be elected to Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

One of the candidates is current Alabama House Rep. Napoleon Bracy, D-Prichard.

Bracy has been a longtime representative from Mobile County’s House District 98. Bracy made a post on X, formerly Twitter, announcing his campaign and decision to run for the 2nd Congressional District early Tuesday morning. According to FEC Filings, Bracy’s principal campaign committee is dubbed Napoleon Bracy For Congress.

Bracy is now the second Democrat currently serving in the Alabama Legislature to officially announce their campaign in the 2nd Congressional District.

Sen. Kirk Hatcher, D-Montgomery, was the first, announcing his campaign Monday. Hatcher has the support of Montgomery mayor Steven Reed, who was rumored as a potential favorite for the position but has said he is not running, instead backing Hatcher.

The 2nd Congressional District seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise.

Alabama’s congressional map was redrawn to give Black voters a favorable chance to elect a candidate. For the 2nd District, this changed the map to now have a near-majority of Black voters.

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Because of these demographic changes, the district is likely to elect a Democrat, although it is not a foregone conclusion. Moore himself has already declared his intentions to run in the 1st Congressional District against fellow Republican Rep. Jerry Carl, R-Mobile.

Montgomery attorney Caroleene Dobson, a Republican, announced her decision to run for the 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday.

Dobson is officially the first Republican to decide to run for the seat. The attorney released a press release explaining her decision to run and why she would make a good candidate. Dobson says she was motivated to run because of her agricultural heritage, dedication to conservative values and wanting her children to grow up in a conservative country.

“As a member of Congress, I will fight for our families, our farms, and our faith and preserve the bedrock values and moral backbone that have made our nation the greatest ever known,” Dobson said. “It is time to give Washington, D.C. a good dose of Alabama common sense and go to battle against those on the far left who want to control how we use our property and what we do, think, and say.”

Dobson’s announcement could open the door for more Republicans to enter the race, although the more established Democratic candidates may remain to be favored. The deadline for candidates to qualify to run for Congress is quickly approaching on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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