Former Republican state Sen. Albert Lipscomb of Magnolia Springs has dropped his plans to run in the 1st Congressional District.
Lipscomb announced July 30 that he would seek the seat vacated by Republican Jo Bonner, but when qualifying for candidates ended Monday afternoon, Lipscomb hadn't signed up. Spokesman J. Holland said Lipscomb cited the short notice for qualifying and the hardship and pressure it would have placed on his family.
Nine Republicans did qualify by the deadline. They are: former two-year college chancellor Bradley Byrne, businessman Daniel Dyas, state Rep. Chad Fincher, attorney Wells Griffith, columnist Quin Hillyer, businesswoman Jessica James, legal assistant Sharon Powe, retiree David "Thunder" Thornton and businessman Dean Young.
Qualifying on the Democratic side were Lula Albert-Kaigler and Burton LeFlore.
The primary election is Sept. 24.