The following announcement was submitted by the candidate.
Conservative Republican Jessica James, licensed Realtor ® with Roberts Brothers, Inc, small business owner, and former candidate for State Board of Education, announced her candidacy for the First District Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Representative Jo Bonner, R-Mobile.
“I believe that our government should be, as President Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg Address, a government ‘of the people, by the people, for the people,’ ” James said upon announcing her candidacy. “Sadly, some in Washington no longer believe that. Our Constitutional rights are under attack by the IRS, the Justice Department and the entire Obama administration. In Congress, I will be working for the people of District 1, tirelessly promoting and defending our shared conservative values. I vow to revere and uphold the United States Constitution and I will fight every day to preserve and protect our Constitutional rights and freedoms.”
Upon announcing her candidacy, James also praised Congressman Jo Bonner for his service to the First District.
“It is an honor to be running to succeed Congressman Bonner. He is a great leader who has served us with honor and distinction. I wish him and his family well as he continues his public service to the people of Alabama.”
James, a native of Washington County who currently resides in Mobile, received both her B.A. in Communications and her Masters of Public Administration from The University of Alabama. In June of 2012 she founded the full-service political consulting firm Politika, Inc. James has previously worked in public relations, planning and economic development, and workforce development as well as on numerous Republican campaigns including Governor Bob Riley’s re-election campaign in 2006. She was appointed by Governor Riley to serve as the coordinator of the U.S. Highway 43 Wastewater Initiative in 2008, and was appointed by the Mobile County Commission to serve as their liaison on the BP / MC252-Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
She is the conservative columnist for the Mod Mobilian (www.modmobilian.com), penning a column entitled “Doing the Right Thing.” Her community involvement includes the Junior League of Mobile and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile “Red Shoe Society.” James has also served on various other civic boards such as United Way of Southwest Alabama’s “Young Leaders Society” and South Alabama CARES. She is a member of the Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee, Mobile County Republican Executive Committee and Trinity Episcopal Church.