LEE CO., AL (WSFA) - On Nov 8, voters will head to the polls to vote in the general election. In east Alabama, Mike Rogers hopes to keep his District Three Congressional seat as he takes on military veteran, Jesse Smith.
"I'm at a point where I can have some real impact in those areas. It's not the time to leave," said Rogers.
Rogers has served 14 years as a Republican in Congress, representing District Three.
"I've become an expert in national security issues. I think with the challenges we face as a nation, we have some real security challenges that need experienced people. I think I fit that bill," said Rogers.
Rogers has served on armed services and homeland security committees. He believes his experience can help continue to resolve some of the nation's biggest issues.
"My number one priority is trying to reorganize our defense access to space. Not just launch services to get them up, but making sure we do a better job of procuring satellites and getting them into space in a timely manner," said Rogers.
His opponent, Democrat Jesse Smith, knows first-hand the importance of national security.
"I believe my abilities and experience with real world missions gives me a unique and rare outlook," said Smith.
The 14-year U.S. Army veteran believes it's time for someone else to take the reigns of representing east Alabamians in Washington D.C.
"The issues have not changed. Jobs are still an issue, education is still an issue and so is social security. One of the things that crosses a large demographic is the issue of veteran care," said Smith.
Smith is confident he will bring something new to the table.
"What I am going to offer is a clear voice of accountability, responsibility, and willingness to stand up for what is right," said Smith
This is the second time Rogers has faced off against Smith.