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Bradley Byrne in town today

By By Adam Prestridge
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne will be in Atmore today for a Meet &Greet event sponsored by David’s Catfish House.
Byrne will be on hand to visit with Atmore residents and answer questions beginning at 3 p.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m.
Byrne announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the office of Governor of Alabama on May 27, a year following his appointment by the Alabama State Board of Education as Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, to serve as the chief executive officer of Alabama’s two-year college system.
Byrne, 54, was born and raised in Mobile. He attended University Military School in Mobile before receiving his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He practiced law in Mobile for more than 25 years.
In 1994, Byrne entered the public arena, offering his candidacy as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education. He was elected, and then reelected in 1998. In 2002, Bradley won the Republican nomination and general election to the State Senate representing District 32, and he was reelected in 2006.
While in the Senate, Bradley served on the Education Committee, the Education Budget Committee, and the Judiciary Committee, and chaired the Joint Oversight Committee on State Parks.
Byrne has been married to the former Rebecca Dukes of Montgomery for 28 years.
Rebecca is the Executive Director of United Way of Baldwin County, and they are the parents of four children: Patrick, a graduate of The University of the South, works for Hargrove and Associates in Mobile; Kathleen, who will graduate from the University of Alabama this summer and begin working in Huntsville; Laura, a rising sophomore at Tulane; and Colin will be a junior at Fairhope High School.
Byrne lives in Fairhope where he and his family are members of St. James Episcopal Church.
For more information, visit Byrne’s campaign Web site at www.ByrneForAlabama. com.