An engineer working on NASA’s Space Launch System program will appear on the ballot as an independent in November’s general election against Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). In a Facebook post yesterday, Mark Bray said the Alabama secretary of state certified the petitions his campaign submitted to appear on the ballot in the November general election for the state’s 5th Congressional district, which includes the city of Huntsville and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Bray, who works for Jacobs Engineering on the SLS program, announced his plans to run for the seat in February as an independent. Brooks easily won the Republican primary for the district last month and faces no Democratic opposition. While the seat remains “Solid Republican” in the latest Cook Political Report, Bray tells the Huntsville Times he is buoyed by Rep. Eric Cantor’s upset loss in the Republican primary in Virginia last month. “The message was clearly sent that if you are an incumbent with a large pot of money, you shouldn’t discount contenders,” Bray told the newspaper.