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Caroleene Dobson, real estate lawyer with rodeo past, wants to turn CD2 red

Caroleene Dobson, daughter and granddaughter of Alabama farmers and small business owners, announced she’s running for the newly-drawn Second Congressional District in the Republican primary. 

Dobson said her family’s long agricultural heritage, her commitment to preserving traditional values and property rights, and a desire for her two children to grow up in a conservative nation called her to run for Congress.

“As a member of Congress, I will fight for our families, our farms, and our faith and preserve the bedrock values and moral backbone that have made our nation the greatest ever known,” Dobson said. 

“It is time to give Washington, D.C. a good dose of Alabama common sense and go to battle against those on the far left who want to control how we use our property and what we do, think, and say.”

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The 2024 election will be the first cycle with a federally-issued Congressional map, which created an opportunity district out of the 2nd Congressional district with a Black voting age population of 48.7%, will go into effect. 

Dobson is the first Republican to announce candidacy for the seat.

Dobson grew up working on her family’s cattle farm and competed in the National High School Finals Rodeo as a teen. She currently practices real estate law with the Maynard Nexsen law firm in Birmingham, and her clients include homebuilders, retailers, small business owners, and private landowners, among others.

A National Merit finalist and U.S. Presidential Scholar, Dobson attended Harvard College, where she earned a degree in history and literature and was an active member of the Harvard Republican Club. She later obtained her law degree from Baylor University Law School.

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Dobson is a member of the Alabama Forestry Commission, is active in the Birmingham chapter of the Federalist Society, and serves on the board of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, which has sponsored Montgomery’s annual rodeo competition since 1958.

She and her husband, Bobby, have two daughters, Philippa and Lydia. 

Grayson Everett is the state and political editor for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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