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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Roby Qualifies for Race, Picks Up Endorsement


Montgomery City Councilwoman and candidate for Congress Martha Roby, officially qualified Tuesday to run as a Republican in Alabama’s Second District. Roby submitted her qualifying forms and fee with the Alabama Republican Party at its qualifying location in downtown Montgomery. Tuesday was the first day of the month-long qualifying period, which closes April 2.

“I am very excited to have completed this step in the process,” Roby said, in a statement her campaign released Tuesday. “For the past ten months, we have worked tirelessly to build our campaign and spread our conservative message.

"I’ve heard time and time again from voters who are fed up with Washington’s reckless big-spending, high-taxing behavior. Still, Democrats in Washington continue to shove their bad ideas and bad legislation at us – no matter how many times we tell them otherwise.”

In addition to qualifying, Roby also picked up an endorsement from the Concerned Women Political Action Committee (CWPAC).

Concerned Women PAC is affiliated with Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with more than 500,000 grassroots members nationwide, according to a press release from CWPAC.

“Martha Roby is a strong social and fiscal conservative, with a record to prove it," said Penny Nance, CEO of CWPAC, in a press release.

“As a private citizen, she dedicates her time and her leadership to pro-life and pro-family causes, serving on the board of Sav-a-Life Montgomery, a local crisis pregnancy center. As a member of the Montgomery City Council, Roby has vigorously fought tax increases and has consistently fought against wasteful spending.

As U.S. Representative, Roby will fight for limited government, strong national security, and pro-family legislation.”

Roby said she wants to make conservative voices heard in Washington and fight for conservative solutions.

“There’s a better way to create jobs, reign in wasteful spending, and reform health care," she said in her statement. "Our campaign continues to grow and gain support across the district, from Dothan to Opp and from Union Springs to Lowndesboro, and I am confident that we will win the Republican nomination in June and will be victorious in November.”

Roby will face small businessman and political newcomer Rick Barber in the Republican primary in June. The winner of that race will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Montgomery.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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