Clanton Mayor Jeff Mims endorsed businessman Gerrick Wilkins in the Republican primary for Alabama’s sixth congressional district on Wednesday. 

Wilkins is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) and independent insurance executive Ken McFeeters.

"I wholeheartedly endorse Gerrick Wilkins for Congress. Now more than ever, we need a representative who will put Alabama first, not a career politician. Gerrick is the leader we desperately need in Washington. He understands the challenges we face here in Clanton and across Alabama, and I am confident he will prioritize these needs above the establishment's interests," Mims said.

Alabama's Republican primary for Congress, president, and some state and local offices is Tuesday, March 5. It falls on national "Super Tuesday," with several states holding presidential primaries that day.

"Receiving Mayor Mims' endorsement is a great honor and a pivotal moment for our campaign. His belief in a leadership that prioritizes local needs over political games in Washington resonates deeply with our campaign’s vision. I am committed to being that leader for Alabama,” Wilkins said.

Alabama's sixth congressional district was changed in the latest redistricting order by a federal court. It now consists of most Republican areas of Jefferson County and Shelby, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore and Autauga Counties. Interstate 65 is the spine of the district, entering at the Blount/Jefferson County line on the north end and leaving on the Elmore/Montgomery County line on the south end.

To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email [email protected].

Don't miss out! Subscribe to our newsletter and get our top stories every weekday morning.