Thursday, longtime North Alabama Republican activist Christian Horn launched his candidacy for Alabama Secretary of State.
Horn, a Huntsville native, is a former All-American football player at the University of Michigan. The J.O. Johnson High School alum is a business owner and serves as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Republican Club. He also serves on the Madison County GOP Executive Committee and is North Alabama outreach director for the Alabama Republican Party.
Horn is seeking to become the first African-American elected to statewide constitutional office in Alabama.
According to a release, after the 2020 presidential election, Horn traveled to Michigan and other states and met with election officials to discuss issues relating to voting irregularities.
If elected, Horn stated his intentions to take Alabama’s election integrity efforts nationwide.
“I have been a Republican all my life, and I have been an activist in the Alabama Republican Party for many years,” stated Horn. “I want to use my unique position in life to be an ambassador for our election system in Alabama, and take that system across the country so we can have secure elections in this great nation going forward.”
Horn pushed back against the national left, who he said had stoked the flames of racial division.
“Alabama needs a fighter who can stand up to the radical left that seeks to divide this nation,” he added. “They call Alabama a racist state, but I know that is not the case. We have come a long way from the days of Jim Crow, and we should celebrate that fact instead of trying to drive further divisions.”
“I won’t let those who claim to be woke stoke any more racial fires in Alabama. That might play out in Georgia politics, but it is destructive. It only drags us backward,” concluded Horn.
In announcing his candidacy, Horn released a nearly four-minute-long launch video that showcases his family’s military service and activism during the civil rights movement. The campaign video also highlights Alabama’s recent successes and touches on his positions regarding election integrity.
Horn is looking to replace term-limited Secretary of State John Merrill. He joins State Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy), former Alabama elections administrator Ed Packard and State Auditor Jim Zeigler in seeking the Republican nomination for the position.
The primary election will take place on May 24, 2022.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL