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It’s official: a third Republican candidate has jumped into the race to replace Richard Shelby in the U.S. Senate.

On Tuesday, June 8, Katie Britt, former head of the Business Council of Alabama and former chief of staff to Senator Shelby, announced she would seek the seat that has been held by Alabama’s senior senator for the last 36 years.

In her announcement, Britt stated, “I believe in Alabama and the promise of the American Dream we grew up with – the American Dream in which hard work is rocket fuel; the American Dream that has allowed me to build a career, raise a family, and now announce my candidacy for the United Sates Senate.”

Britt, who resigned from the helm of the Business Council of Alabama last Friday, filed with the Federal Election Commission last week.

“I will work hard every day to earn the vote of every Alabamian, because I believe I will best represent our values and deliver results for our state in the Senate,” Britt said. “I will put Alabama first and never apologize for it, championing pro-jobs policies that increase opportunity for hardworking families in every corner of our state.”

Britt, who previously served as Shelby’s chief of staff before leading the BCA for the last two years, joins incumbent Congressman Mo Brooks, along with Lynda Blanchard, who served as former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Slovenia, in the race for the seat.

Shelby announced in February that he would not seek a seventh term in the Senate.