Former Assistant Secretary of the Army and former Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski officially qualified for the Republican primary ballot in Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District on Thursday.

Wardynski vowed if elected to support former President Donald J. Trump’s (R) America First Agenda.

“For the past several months on the campaign trail, voters have made it clear that they want somebody in Washington that has a record of results,” Wardynski said. “During my time in the Trump administration, I saw firsthand the damage that career politicians can inflict to stall an America First agenda. Regardless of the swamp creatures, my office was still able to help President Trump build the wall and get critical race theory out of West Point and counter the influence of big tech. Yesterday evening, I officially filed to continue my service to our nation and to north Alabama.”

Wardynski retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel. Over his career, he has been a soldier, a civilian administrator in the Pentagon, and a businessman who has worked for several defense contractors. He also was an educator as the former superintendent of the Huntsville City Schools.

“I’ve seen firsthand how federal overreach can negatively impact education. I spent many months in federal court trying to get Huntsville City Schools out from under federal control,” Wardynski said. “In spite of the uphill battle, we increased graduation rates by 33% and turned a $19 million deficit into a surplus without raising taxes. I’m proud of the fact that students and taxpayers prospered.”

Wardynski emphasized that his diverse experiences have made him qualified to serve Alabamians in Congress.

“Whether in the private sector, the military, or the school system, I’ve made tough decisions that led to positive results,” Wardynski said. “When I was appointed by President Trump, I promised to serve at the pleasure of the President, and I did. In Congress, I look forward to serving at the pleasure of my constituents in north Alabama.”

Wardynski formally enters a very crowded Fifth Congressional District field that includes: Andy Blalock, John Roberts, Paul Sanford, Dale Strong, and Harrison Wright. Candidate qualifying does not end until Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.

Incumbent Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL05) is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) so is not running for re-election to his congressional seat.

The Republican primary is on May 24.

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