Former State Senator Shadrack McGill to challenge Richard Shelby for U.S. Senate seat

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Shadrack McGill says it's time for new leadership in Washington.  He held a news conference Tuesday to urge U.S. Senator Richard Shelby to pass the baton.

"Through encouragement and council of some good Christian folks around me, I realized that this continues to be a calling on my life," McGill said.

McGill says his experience in state politics provides an ability to stand out in the field. "Also, a voting record that I believe would prove to be one of the most conservative in the state. I think what our state needs most right now is true conservative leadership that does not sell out to special interest groups," McGill said.

McGill is one of four candidates who filed qualifying papers with the Alabama Republican Party to challenge Sen. Shelby.  The other three are John Martin, Jonathan McConnell and Marcus Bowman.

Shelby is one of Alabama's two longtime U.S. Senators.  He was first elected in 1986 and is Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Rules and Administration.

McGill was elected to the Alabama Senate in 2010 to represent District 8, which includes DeKalb, Jackson and Madison counties.  He surprised many when he beat longtime Senator Lowell Barron for the seat.