Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has announced his plans to run for the United States Senate seat currently held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones (AL).
Merrill held a press conference Tuesday morning at the state Capitol, where he said he would seek the Republican nomination for the seat in the March 3 primary.
“This is not something that I have pursued,” Merrill told Alabama residents outside of the state Capitol. “This is something that pursued me because people have continued to bring up to me the need to have a conservative reformer who’s a proven winner to offer themselves as a candidate for this United States Senate seat.”
Merrill’s announcement focused on the border crisis, which he considered to be an ongoing “fiasco.”
At 10 o’clock this morning I made a formal announcement to launch my campaign to become Alabama’s next United States Senator! Thanks for your support and your encouragement! Please share this message with your family and friends! #ALSEN #ALPolitics #All67 https://t.co/ILvq3qtJGT
— John Merrill (@JohnHMerrill) June 25, 2019
Others who have announced their candidacy for the Senate seat include U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama state Rep. Arnold Mooney, failed 2017 Senate candidate Roy Moore, and Stanley Adair of Haleyville, AL.