Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) recently received endorsements from 15 Alabama lawmakers as the 2024 election ekes closer.
As the 2024 election kicks off with the newly-drawn congressional maps, some incumbent congressmen are hitting the ground running.
Federal courts recently imposed a new congressional map on Alabama after a lengthy court process that forbade the state from using the one approved by the legislature in 2021 and a new map approved by the legislature this year.
The new map could pit two incumbent members of Congress against one another in the 2024 election. The map places Coffee County, currently represented by District 2 U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), into District 1, potentially pitting Moore against the incumbent Carl, should Moore decide to run.
Moore has not officially declared for reelection, but Carl has already garnered the support of several prominent members of the Alabama Legislature.
On Monday, several state lawmakers from Alabama's southernmost counties announced their support for Carl's reelection bid.
State Sens. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore), Chris Elliott (R-Josephine), Jack Williams (R-Mobile) and David Sessions (R-Grand Bay) endorsed Carl.
"Congressman Carl understands the needs of Baldwin County at a granular level and is an invaluable teammate for both local and state elected officials in Baldwin County," Elliott said. "I'm a big fan of Jerry, and I look forward to him continuing to serve Baldwin County and the First Congressional District."
Sessions said Carl had a record of voting for the state's conservative values in D.C.
"I have known Jerry for many years - long before he served as our Congressman," Sessions said. "Congressman Carl stands for Alabama's conservative values and continuously fights to preserve them in Washington. He has worked tirelessly not only for the First Congressional District, but also the entire State of Alabama. I am proud to support my friend and colleague in his reelection campaign."
Additionally, House Speaker Pro-Tempore Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) and State Reps. Donna Givens (R-Loxley), Alan Baker (R-Brewton), Matthew Hammett (R-Dozier), Jennifer Fidler (R-Silverhill), Frances Holk-Jones (R-Foley) Matt Simpson (R-Daphne), Mark Shirey (R-Mobile), Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle), Margie Wilcox (R-Mobile) and Chip Brown (R-Hollinger's Island) endorsed Carl for reelection.
"Congressman Jerry Carl has been a true friend and an advocate for south Alabama throughout his time as our Congressman," Simpson said. "I am proud to endorse him to make sure our voices are heard in Washington and that we continue to have someone who has proven he can fight for the issues that are important to us."
Stringer boasted of knowing Carl for a long time, bragging of his effectiveness as the Mobile County Commissioner, an office he took in 2012.
"I have known Jerry Carl most of my adult life," Stringer said. "He has a passion to serve others and our Country as a whole. Jerry was one of the most productive County Commissioners and has now become one of the most productive Congressmen I know. This is why I am proud to endorse Jerry Carl."
Wilcox, who ran against Carl in 2016, gave a hearty endorsement, boasting of Carl's "unwavering dedication."
"I am happy to endorse my friend, Congressman Jerry Carl, whose unwavering dedication to coastal Alabama and our issues here has been absolutely vital. He works tirelessly to represent our best interests in Washington, and I am confident he will continue to be a strong advocate for our values and priorities that we hold dear here in Alabama," she said.
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