Huntsville businessman, former POW enters Alabama Senate race

Mike Durant becomes latest Republican seeking to fill senate seat being vacated by Richard Shelby

Posted: Oct 19, 2021 9:36 AM
Updated: Oct 19, 2021 6:49 PM

A Huntsville businessman, Purple Heart recipient and former prisoner of war announced his plans to run for U.S. Senate in Alabama in 2022.

Mike Durant joins an already crowded field of Republicans seeking the seat being vacated by long-time Sen. Richard Shelby. Durant, who was captured in Somalia in 1993 after his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down, released a campaign video on YouTube called "God Made a Soldier."

Courtesy: Mike Durant Campaign

Durant's 11 days as a POW were featured in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

The campaign video released Tuesday featured Durant's time as a captive, his career as a businessman and his aspirations to take over as an Alabama senator. Durant is seen piloting a helicopter in the video as he asks "the good people of Alabama to make me their next senator."

The field of Republicans running for the Senate seat includes former diplomat Lynda Blanchard; Katie Britt, a former chief of staff for Shelby; Congressman Mo Brooks; Mike Dunn; Jake Schafer; and Montgomery businesswoman Jessica Taylor.

Alabama's primary is set for May 24, 2022.

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