State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore), a candidate for the GOP nomination for Congressional District 2, will not be able to vote for himself in next year's Republican congressional primary.
Albritton is a resident of Atmore, in the first congressional district. However, he does not see that as an obstacle and vows to move to his home in Range in the second congressional district if he wins a seat in the U.S. House.
During an appearance on Monday's broadcast of Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Albritton explained that maintaining a residence in Senate District 22 to keep his Alabama Senate seat was why he declared his home in Atmore.
"You know, I have a home, and Senate [District] 22 has been the red-headed stepchild of redistricting for years now," he said. "I could go into a long-winded dissertation. But let me say this — I live in Atmore right now. I own property and homes still in Range ... which is in Conecuh County in Congressional District 2 but not in Senate District 22. To maintain my Senate seat, I must live in my Senate district, which I do at my home in Atmore. When I win my congressional seat, I will change my voting and my homestead to my home in Range, that will be in Congressional District 2. Keep in mind those distances are about 20 miles apart."
"Keep in mind this used to be in one particular congressional district," Albritton continued. "It has all been changed around. But I've lived in five of these counties of the 13-county Congressional District 2. I've lived in those, I've worked in all of these. I have always been a part of this district. I've lived in the confines of the new Congressional District 2 for more than 30 years. So, I know this district. I know the people. I know the area. So, I'm comfortable with running for this seat."
Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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