MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Tuesday, September 24 District 1 Congressional race to replace former Congressman Jo Bonner (R) was a close one, ending in a runoff between Orange Beach business man Dean Young and former state senator Bradley Byrne.
So how are they different from one another?
It's all about the experience for Bradley Byrne. He said he's proven himself before and he won't disappoint again.
"One of the biggest examples is Bishop State. We literally had to go in and change out everybody in management, some people as it was reported went to jail. We had to go in there and learn how to cut back on some expenditures with the school, and we did that without having to cut a single essential program. So I know, because I've done it, that we can cut government, cut spending.”
For Dean Young, it's about party loyalty.
"Bradley Byrne is a lawyer, and he's an ex-democrat, and I'm a small businessman and a conservative Republican. So we believe that when the people of South Alabama are given a choice, they will pick the conservative businessman, and that will be Dean Young,” Young said.
They also have different plans for the future.
"The first thing I want to do is protect jobs at the Austal shipyard,” said Byrne, “That's 4,000 jobs that could get sucked in to a Navy contract, we need to protect them. The biggest thing we need to do in Washington is change course. They're not getting the job done for America, they're not doing things the right way, and they don't do things the way we do down here in South Alabama."
"When I get to Washington what I’ll do is I’ll work with the people, who see things the way I do, we’ll build coalitions,” said Young, “We need to send someone to Washington that will stand strong on the things that matter, that can change this country."
Two GOP candidates with different backgrounds and goals, who say they welcome the opportunity for a runoff.
The choice is yours November 5, 2013.
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