Montgomery, AL – Tabitha Isner, pastor’s wife and foster-adoptive mom, won the Democratic nomination for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District on June 5, 2018. On the Republican side, incumbent Martha Roby was forced into a runoff with previous seat holder, Bobby Bright.
Because this race is expected to be competitive, Isner challenged both Bright and Roby to publicly declare their willingness to participate in a debate after the run-off election. As they case their run-off ballots, Republican voters deserve to know which of the two Republican candidates would debate. Thus far, neither Bright nor Roby has agreed to debate.
“The people of this district deserve more than 30-second TV ads. They deserve an open and honest policy debate where they can see their candidates side by side, see how they think on their feet, and hear their answers to pressing questions. Without that, how can voters cast an informed vote on November 6th?” Isner said. “Debates are an important way for constituents to get past the fake claims and inflammatory rhetoric used by career politicians. Refusing to debate is yet another example of how career politicians ignore their constituents and cater instead to special interests.”
Roby, who has held the seat since 2010 has not had a town hall meeting since 2013. Her absence from the district along with her lacking constituent services has made Roby unpopular in this district.
The Republican run-off is scheduled for July 17, 2018. Isner will continue to push for public discourse in this race in order to create true democratic conversation in Alabama.