Hoover resident Dominic "Dom" Gentile, 52, has announced he'll seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. Attorney General.
In 2004, Gentile founded his own company managing commercial cleaning businesses from Birmingham to Huntsville. He'll run as a Republican.
Gentile is a father of three and a Miami, Florida native, who first came to the state as a walk-on placekicker for the University of Alabama in 1985.
"I have never run for political office before. I owe nothing to anybody, and I'm not beholden to any special interests," Gentile said. "I will tell it like it is and I will support the people of Alabama regardless of whether it's popular in Washington."
Gentile said he supports term limits and if elected would complete Sessions' term and only seek reelection once, retiring after a maximum of one full term.
His platform also includes:
- Supporting a flat tax and a "dramatic" reduction in the power of the Internal Revenue Service.
- Ending the "monopolistic behavior" of Blue Cross Blue Shield.
- Refusing campaign contributions from special interests.
Gentile is throwing his hat into what is already a crowded race, which includes Luther Strange, who was appointed to the empty seat while serving as the Alabama attorney general; State Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle; Dr. Randy Brinson, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama; and former Cheif Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore.
The deadline for candidates to enter the race is May 17. Party primaries are scheduled for Aug. 15, and if needed the state will hold a runoff election on Sept. 26. The general election is on Dec. 12.
"There's going to be a little bit of an uphill battle, but we're going to fight a guerilla war, and we're going to represent the people of Alabama," Gentile said.