U.S. Senate candidate Katie Boyd Britt formally qualified with the Alabama Republican Party to run for Senate in the 2022 primary on Tuesday.

Britt gathered with family and her supporters from across Alabama at the Alabama Republican Party Headquarters in Hoover on Tuesday to file her paperwork and deliver remarks to members of the media.

During her comments, Britt announced that she has already visited all 67 of Alabama’s counties, and she called on her opponents to follow her lead.

“Since announcing our Alabama First campaign in June, the response from Alabamians in all 67 of our state’s counties has been incredible,” said Britt. “I am proud to be running a grassroots campaign focused on growing opportunity for all hardworking Alabamians, and our message is clearly resonating."

Britt said her campaign is continuing to gain momentum and she has no plans to slow down.

"As Alabama’s next U.S. Senator, I will fight tirelessly to protect our Christian conservative values, preserve the American Dream and ensure our state always has the best possible seat at the table," said Britt. "It is clear that Alabamians want fresh blood to shake things up in D.C. and put America and Alabama first – not the Washington special interests. Together, we will save the country we know and love from ineffective career politicians.”

Britt formerly was the President and CEO of the powerful Business Council of Alabama. She has already been endorsed by the Alabama Farmers Federation’s FarmPAC, the Home Builders Association of Alabama, the Alabama Retail Association and Manufacture Alabama in her campaign for the Senate.

Britt is an attorney and former chief of staff for incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama). Shelby is retiring at the end of his current term.

Senate candidate Jessica Fair Taylor dropped out of the race on Tuesday and endorsed veteran and businessman Mike Durant. 

In response, Britt’s campaign told 1819 News: “Katie is surging in the polls because Alabamians know that she is the best candidate to protect our Christian conservative values, preserve the American Dream and fight back against Joe Biden’s radical agenda. She has already visited all 67 counties on the campaign trail and is proud to be the strong grassroots conservative in this race. It is clear that her message is resonating, which is why one of her opponents has even started using her campaign slogan. Alabamians want fresh blood to shake things up, not another ineffective career politician. Katie will always put Alabama and America first instead of the Washington special interests supporting her opponents.”

Taylor exiting the field does narrow it to mainly a three-way race between Britt, Durant, and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL05). Mike Dunn and Jack Schafer have filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to run, but are still relatively unknown.

The Republican primary is May 24.

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