Robin Litaker, a retired schoolteacher and former State Teacher of the Year, will be the Republican nominee for Alabama's seventh congressional district. Her only Republican opponent officially notified the Alabama Republican Party that he had withdrawn.

Litaker had been opposed by Huntsville Republican Christian Horn. He had earlier spoken of withdrawing but did not do so until Sunday. Because of the lateness of the withdrawal, Horn's name will still appear on the March 5 Republican primary ballot, but his votes will not be certified. The ballots have already been printed.

Litaker will be certified as the Republican nominee when official certifications are done. 

Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl notified her on Sunday.

She will face incumbent Democrat Congress member U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) in the November 5 general election. 

District 7 is majority Democrat, but Litaker said she has a strategy to win.

"Democrats and supporters of President Biden have been disappointed by his performance," she said. "Even Democrats are starting to realize that Joe Biden is not competent to serve four more years as President. His performance daily is an embarrassment to our nation and makes America look weak. I would not be surprised if America's enemies take advantage of our having an incompetent U.S. President."

"The coattails for the congressional candidates will be weak for Terri Sewell and the other Democrats. Can you imagine having to run on the Joe Biden ticket? That is what Terri Sewell has to do, but I am running on the 'Fire Biden ticket,'" Litake added. "...If I can generate a strong turnout of Republican and independent voters while there is a weak turnout of turned-off Democrats, I can win this race."

On the issues, Litaker made these statements:

"America is getting more dangerous by the day. My top priority will be to stop the criminals from pouring into America."

"The murder of the University of Georgia student on campus by an illegal is just the latest of the growing attacks by illegals on Americans. We have to stop the illegals, or we all will suffer."

"A vote for Robin Litaker is a vote to MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN."

"I think it's time the people of AL-7 had someone representing them who wants to change the status quo and help AL-7 reach its full potential," Litaker stated. "When I'm representing the 7th District in Congress, I'll work for the people of the District and the State of Alabama, not the special interests in Washington and Montgomery."

The Alabama Teacher of the Year in 1997, Litaker said she wanted to end the U.S. Department of Education and put money directly into the hands of teachers.

"As a former teacher and principal, I know that education is the key to success in life, and I also know just how much is wrong with our current education bureaucracy," Litaker said. "I want to end the U.S. Department of Education and put more money directly into the classrooms, so parents and teachers can use it to give our kids the education they need—not what unaccountable bureaucrats say they need."

Litaker asked the question, "Are you tired of being ignored?"

Litaker previously lost statewide races for the Alabama Public Service Commission to Twinkle Cavanaugh and Chip Beeker. This is her first race in a congressional district.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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