By Brandon Moseley

Republican businessman Brad Tompkins announced that he has launched his campaign for Alabama House of Representatives in House District 15. Tompkins emphasized his private sector business experience when announcing his candidacy.

“I’ve never run for office before,” Tompkins said. “This is not something I’ve been planning to do. But when I was approached and asked if I would consider serving in public service, I immediately knew that the time was right for me and my family to give back to our community."

Tompkins said he wants to use his experience as a business owner to improve workforce development and recruitment in Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

"I am a conservative,” Tompkins continued. “I believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Capitalism and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all. Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs, and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation.”

Tompkins is a member of the Bessemer Industrial Development Board.

He also expressed his opposition to the liberal agenda and the Biden administration.

“I’m fed up with the nonsense coming down from Washington D.C.,” Tompkins stated. “President Biden’s mandates demonstrate a true lack of (understanding of) how the economy works. There is a liberal agenda being advanced nationwide and I’m going to make sure that we have conservatives representing us that understand how the economy works and will know how to push back against Biden’s unconstitutional overreaches.”

Tompkins is the owner of Automated Solutions, Incorporated, an engineering company that specializes in factory automation in Alabama. Brad and his wife Kaye are residents of Bessemer. They attend Hunter Street Baptist Church, along with their two daughters.

House District 15 is currently represented by State Rep. Allen Farley (R-McCalla), who has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022. District 15 includes portions of Jefferson and Shelby counties.

The Republican primary is on May 24, 2022.