Tuscaloosa veteran runs as write-in candidate for SenateBy Jessa Reid Bolling | 12/08/2017 10:01am
A Tuscaloosa veteran is giving voters another choice for Senate at the polls on Tuesday.
Lee Busby, 60-year-old retired colonel, is running as an independent candidate and spreading word about his candidacy on social media. He served 31 years in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer, served tours in Afghanistan, and has received the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.
Busby announced his candidacy in the aftermath of the allegations of sexual misconduct against republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. On his candidacy website, he describes himself as a “Centrist candidate, Republican voter, and supporter of the Republican agenda in the U.S. Senate.”
In a campaign video, Busby said he doesn’t feel like either of the candidates for Senate represent the majority of Alabamians and said he provides the “character and leadership” to represent Alabama’s “conservative, centrist, and primarily republican views.”
“I think the parties have failed Alabama in this election and I’m providing an alternative," Busby said.
Busby is also a sculptor and recently created a bust of University of Alabama graduate Mark Foster, an Air Force Combat controller who was killed in action in Afghanistan, that is on permanent display at the University’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs.
“In the Marine Corps, politics don’t matter,” Busby said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “Your color doesn’t matter. You fight for the Marine in that foxhole next to you because you love them and would do anything for them. Alabama is no different to me. I am willing to fight and claw for every single person in this state.”