District 2 Candidates address Houston County GOP

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Dothan, AL (WSFA) – We're less than three weeks away from the run-off elections on July 13th.

Thursday, the GOP candidates addressed the Houston County Republican Women, including District 2 Congressional Candidates Rick Barber and Martha Roby.

Both gave short messages before taking questions from the audience.  Roby, who narrowly missed winning the party nomination, focused on what she'd do in Washington.

Barber focused on how he'd defeat Bright in the General Election.  .

He's recently garnered the national spotlight over a controversial commercial calling for his supporters to "gather their armies".

Both hope their conservative message is heard loud and clear.

Barber said, "There's no doubt about it.  Anytime you can garner national attention and get your message out to that many people, it's a real blessing, but I think it's all because of our message.  I got on this campaign and said I was going to run a bold campaign, speak to the sentiment of what the American people want to hear and see in a leader, and I think that's resonated well."

Roby said, "The number one issue is jobs, jobs, jobs.  All across this district, the state, and our nation right now, we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to elect people who understand.  We need to help the private sector grow and not the government.  I believe in a limited government."

Both Barber and Roby plan to support whichever candidate wins the run-off. They say the party needs a united front to defeat incumbent Congressman Bobby Bright in November.

The two candidates will face off in two debates before the run-off.

One is later this month at Troy University Dothan, and one is on July 1st at Huntingdon College.

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