Just two days after Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus announced he was not running for re-election, one of the politicians named as a potential candidate for his replacement says he’s not interested in the job right now.
Republican State Senator Cam Ward of Alabaster says he will not run for the office to represent Alabama's 6th Congressional District in Congress in 2014.
“I am honored to be regarded as a potential candidate in the race to succeed my former boss Rep. Bachus,” Ward said in his statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Ward worked for Bachus as his District Director more than a decade ago.
He made it clear he was making the decision hugely based on spending time with his family.
“I am blessed to have even this short time with my amazing wife and my growing daughter. They will always be my number one priority,” Ward says. He said he wasn’t comfortable sacrificing the memories and time away his family that being a Congressman would require.
Ward is an attorney who was also appointed Deputy Attorney General by former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State dealing with election laws and corporate filings.
He didn’t dismiss the possibilities of a run for higher office in the future, but made his current plans clear. “In 2014 I will stand for re-election to the Alabama Senate as planned.”
He says those that know him, “will not be surprised I have chosen to follow a path that allows me to be the strong presence I want to be for Riley at this age.”
Riley Ward was born in 2002.
Shortly afterward, Cam Ward was elected to the Alabama House and served for two terms. In 2010, he was elected to the Alabama Senate District 14 covering parts of Shelby, Bibb, Chilton and Jefferson County.
He continues to say he has a vision for Alabama.
Ward was one of several potential candidates mentioned to replace Bachus. The others included state senators Scott Beason of Gardendale and Slade Blackwell of Mountain Brook. Also being mentioned are Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington, Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos, and Walker County minister Stan Cooke.
Bachus says he will serve out his term that runs through December 2014.