Huntsville economic developer John Roberts on Tuesday announced his intentions to seek the GOP nomination to represent Alabama’s fifth district in Congress.
“I built my career in Huntsville as a job creator,” said Roberts. “I worked to bring opportunity directly to the district. The 5th District is pro-business and supports jobs that keep our country safe. I plan on keeping it that way.”
“As an economic developer, I’ve seen firsthand how bad policies out of Washington hurt our economy,” added Roberts. “As your congressman, I will fight to strengthen our border and end illegal immigration so we can establish good paying jobs right here in the district. I’ll cut burdensome regulations that restrict us from growing. From small business to rockets, manufacturing to farming, we have the chance to bring new opportunities home, but we need the right people.”
He continued, “In Congress, I’ll put Alabama’s values first: the right to life, the defense of the second amendment, and the right to practice your religion or operate your business without government interference. I will help the Republicans take back the House, and fire Nancy Pelosi. I will go to Washington to fight day in and day out to stop the Left’s radical and dangerous agenda.”
Roberts served as Business Retention & Expansion director for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. According to the release, Roberts helped recruit over $3 billion of investment, and grow more than 4,000 jobs in the area.
He concluded, “This is the time for a new generation to step up and lead, not the same politicians with 50 years of running for office. This is about you, not me. Conviction, not calculation. The future, not the past. I’m running for Congress to create a better future for you, your family and the fifth district.”
Roberts co-founded the North Alabama Homebuilding Academy, a free education workforce program offered to individuals to equip them with the skills to begin a successful career in the homebuilding industry.
In addition, John serves on the executive team for Free 2 Teach, the North Alabama American Red Cross Board, the Huntsville Housing Authority Advisory Committee, and remains involved with the University of Alabama’s Blackburn Institute and the North Alabama Homebuilding Academy.
He is a lifelong resident of North Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama. He grew up in Hartselle and lives with his wife, Madison, in Huntsville. John and Madison are both Christians and are members of Asbury Methodist in Madison.
The release states that a formal kick-off event will be held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 14th in Hartselle, Alabama at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center located at 307 College St NE, Hartselle, AL 35640.
Roberts is the fifth candidate to formally enter the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong, former Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski, Huntsville educator Andy Blakock and Harris Wright have all formally entered the race.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News