The rumor has been circulating in Washington DC and the state of Alabama for nearly a year, but today, Senator Richard Shelby says that he won’t seek a seventh term in the U.S. Senate.
“Today I announce that I will not seek a seventh term in the US Senate in 2022,” Shelby said in a statement. “For everything, there is a season.”
“Serving in the U.S. Senate has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” Shelby said in a statement. “I have done my best to address challenges and find ways to improve the day-to-day lives of all Americans.“
The 86-year-old Shelby has served in the U.S. Senate since 1986. He was originally elected as a Democrat but changed parties during his second term.
The announcement will set up an interesting primary for the vacant seat.
For Republicans, Rep. Mo Brooks, who lost in the primary for the 2017 special election for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions will likely run again. Katie Boyd Britt, former chief of staff to Shelby, Secretary of State John Merrill, who dropped out of the 2020 race, and Rep. Gary Palmer are likely candidates.
For Democrats, Potential Candidates include Anthony Daniels, Minority Leader of the Alabama House of Representatives, Christopher England, state representative and chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, Doug Jones, former U.S. Senator (2018-2021) and Ron Crumpton who was the Democrat that faced off against Shelby for the seat in the 2016 election cycle.
I asked Ron Crumpton if he planned to pursue the seat. I said, “Ron, do you plan to run for U.S. Senate in 2022.” I answered me by saying that “I have been considering another run for public office in 2022, but I was looking more closely at a run for Governor, Lt. Governor or Secretary of State, but with the seat being open, I will be taking a look at the U.S. Senate as well, but I am more likely to pursue one of the other options. When I make a decision you will be the first to know, Ron.”