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Incumbent faces 4 Republican challengers for Congress seat District 2

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby is facing four challengers in Tuesday's Republican primary, including one candidate who has held the 2nd district congressional seat before.

"Congress has gotten worse since I was there," says Bobby Bright, who served in Congress from 2009-2011.

Bright was previously a Democrat. Now he is a Trump-supporting Republican but Bright says he's still the man he's always been.

"I'm still dedicated to the people of District 2," he says. "I love Alabama."

If elected, Bright says he would fund President Trump's border wall. His main priority will be Alabama's farming and military communities. He says he plans to return to the seats he previously held on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services committee seats the incumbent currently does not hold.

"If we don't get somebody back at the table, it will negatively affect our military bases and our veterans, and our farming industry," he says.

It is true that Martha Roby does not serve on those committees, she does serve in other roles. Among her committee assignments is the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which means she helps control how federal money is spent.

"As an appropriator, what's even more important is to have a seat at the table, which I do, to fund these important agricultural programs from year to year," she said.

Roby also points to her work bringing a new F-35 fighting jet squadron to Montgomery. She says she is also proud of her work to help reform the V-A healthcare system.

"We passed another VA bill this week that funds the choice program," she said.

You might call Tommy Amason the 'everyman' candidate. He is a dad, a husband, an Army veteran and a paper mill employee.

"I am the only candidate in this race that's never been involved in politics before," he says.

 Amason believes that it's people like him who Congress has forgotten and that's why he decided to run.

"What I want to focus on is restoring the people's voice in Washington, DC, whether it's education, veteran affairs, health care, whatever the issue is."

If you gave Rich Hobson a label, he is the 'morality candidate.' Hobson worked as director of the court system with Roy Moore, the former chief justice who was removed from office twice for violating judicial ethics.

"First of all, the acknowledgement of God, the 10 Commandments battle. And secondly, traditional marriage. Marriage between one man and one woman," Hobson recalls. "I stood with him both times and consequently I paid the price. I lost my job both times."

Hobson says it's that kind of resolve he'll bring to Congress. His priorities include economic development, lower taxes, and a stronger military.

"I want to make sure we preserve a safe, prosperous and moral America for our children and grandchildren," he says.

Candidate Barry Moore is a small businessman who has also served in the Alabama legislature. He served as a state representative for eight years representing Coffee County. He is a strong advocate for less government.

"I believe the private sector does a better job of creating jobs and stimulating the economy."

Moore says he got into the race when incumbent Martha Roby distanced herself from the presidential candidate of his choice - Donald Trump. At the time, Trump had just been heard bragging about grabbing women's genitals whenever he wants.

Moore says he was the first elected official in the country to endorse Donald Trump. And he says he helped Trump win the Alabama vote.

"I was a Trump delegate. His first supporter nationally," Moore said. "I think that brings our district to the table because he knows he can trust me."

All the Republican candidates say they support President Trump's agenda. And most agree that members of Congress should focus less on politics and more on cooperation for the good of the country.

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