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Strong rides to Fifth Congressional District seat

HUNTSVILLE — The voters of Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District have spoken.

Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) has been elected to represent the Tennessee Valley on Capitol Hill as its next congressman.

With 99% of the vote counted, Strong received 141,988 votes (67.2%) to outdistance Democrat Kathy Warner-Stanton (62,466 votes; 29.6%) and Libertarian P.J. Greer (6,740 votes; 3.2%).

Upon taking the congressional oath of office Jan. 3, Strong will officially hold the seat of outgoing U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).

 

Strong’s election is widely seen as a victory for North Alabama’s robust and ever-expanding business community. Through his collaborative efforts with regional leadership, the Tennessee Valley has positioned itself as an industrial powerhouse, with Huntsville serving as the nation’s premier national security hub.

At the time of his election to the Madison County Commission in 1996, Strong was the youngest elected Republican official in Alabama. After being elected chairman in 2012, he used his office to bolster the county’s fiscal outlook and grow the area’s economy.

Strong navigated the challenges associated with a crowded Republican field and overwhelmingly emerged as the top vote-getter in the GOP primary election, coming within six percentage points of avoiding a runoff. In the runoff election, Strong decisively defeated his Republican opponent by a 62.8% to 37.2% margin.

Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District encompasses Madison, Jackson, Morgan and Limestone counties, as well as the eastern portion of Lauderdale County.

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