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Katie Britt in senate race

The Enterprise native hopes to land in her old boss’s seat on Capitol Hill.
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:41 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Katie Boyd Britt is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat that will be relinquished by her political mentor, Richard Shelby.

She made the anticipated announcement official early Tuesday, about the time her first interview of the campaign aired.

“There is so much to fight for and so much to stand up for in our country,” Britt told News 4 anchor Taylor Pollack.

She promises to promote Christian conservative values, believing the country’s future hinges on them.

Katie Britt resigned last week from the Business Council of Alabama, where she had served as president and chief executive officer since 2018.

Previously, she held several positions, including those in Shelby’s office and would gladly accept the powerful senator’s endorsement, if offered.

“But the endorsement I am really after is that of the voters of Alabama,” Britt said.

Though the Republican primary is nearly a year away, she is getting a late start. Representative Mo Brooks and former U.S. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard announced their candidacy months ago.

Britt, an attorney, does not view her late entry as a challenge that cannot be overcome.

“I am the daughter of two small business owners, and I have been taught, since I was little, that you keep your head down and you work hard,” she said.

The campaign, she believes, will be a family affair. Her husband, Wesley Britt, also resigned from his job last week to help and their two young children, Bennett and Ridgeway, have offered advice.

Katie Boyd Britt, 39, grew up in Enterprise and is former Little Miss National Peanut Festival, Enterprise High School cheerleader, and attended the University of Alabama where she met Wesley, a Tide football captain who also played for the NFL’s New England Patriots.

At 23, she became the youngest press secretary on Capitol Hill. She served Shelby in other capacities, including chief of staff, and was named special advisor to then-University of Alabama President Robert Witt.

Despite her business and political connections, Britt said she wants to campaign on her “own two feet” and earn every vote, including Senator Shelby’s.

Ken Curtis is a political, crime, and investigative reporter who began his broadcasting career in 1969. Reach him at ken@wtvy.com

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