By Brandon Moseley

Chad “Chig” Martin announced on Thursday that he has qualified to run for Governor with the Alabama Democratic Party.

Martin said that he, “Is a Conservative Democratic candidate that believes in Alabama values” and that he “strongly believes in upholding citizens' Constitutional rights.”

“I am looking forward to creating a more positive and productive Alabama for both businesses and citizens,” Martin said in a statement. “Recruiting high tech industries with good-paying jobs and benefits will be a top priority. I will focus on placing these companies throughout the state so that our hardest-hit low-income areas have realistic opportunities to succeed.”

The Enterprise businessman is the owner and operator of Honeysuckle Hemp Co., Thunder Industrial Supply, and Martin Mobile Homes.

Martin promised to pass a lottery if he is elected.

“I want to move Alabama into the 21st century by clearing the way for a state lotto that will help our strapped school system,” Martin said. “I will be a Governor that interacts with the people and represents all Alabamians regardless of party lines. I will promote unity among citizens. My calling is to serve all Alabamians.”

Martin is a native of Enterprise and a graduate of Enterprise High School. Martin received a full football scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated in 1991.

Areas he wants to improve include education and economic growth. He said he wants to create a Social Security Service that employs veterans. Martin believes citizens should be able to vote on making cannabis, a lottery and casino gaming legal.

Yolanda Rochelle Foster also qualified to run for governor in the Democratic primary. The Alabama Democratic Party opened candidate qualifying on Monday. Dothan area LGBTQ activist Chris Countryman has previously announced his intention to run for the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination.

The Alabama Republican Party will not open candidate qualifying until January.

The Democratic primary is May 24, 2022.

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