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David Faulkner

-- Birmingham lawyer today announced his candidacy for the

"I want to serve and represent the people of District 46 in Montgomery," Faulkner said in an interview with AL.com today. "I believe I am well-qualified and can make a difference for the better."

Faulkner is seeking to fill the position currently held by . In October, seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus who is retiring.

Faulkner referred to DeMarco as a "life-long friend," and said he believes the Representative has done a "great job representing this district."

Now, in what he referred to as a "calling to run," Faulkner hopes to make his own impact.

A partner at the law offices of , Faulkner's 19-year civil trial practice experience includes premises liability, products liability, commercial transportation and trucking, personal injury, insurance, fraud and business and commercial litigation.

Faulkner, a Republican, ran for Jefferson County Circuit Court Place 6 in the 2012 election cycle and won the primary race. Although he was eventually defeated by Don Blankenship, a Democrat, in the Nov. 6, 2012 general election, Faulkner said that the experience helped make him stronger.

"While I didn't win," he said. "I don't regret it at all. It didn't squelch my desire for public service. In fact, I'm grateful for what I learned."

Faulkner's involvement in the community is as varied as his professional experience.

He served as President of the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce from 2005-06; at St. Luke's Church Vestry from 2006-09, Acolyte Leader from 2002-present, and Eucharistic Lay Minister from 2009-2010; on the Committee and Advisory Board of Young Life; as a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club; and is a current and longtime member of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Faulkner, a life-long District 46 resident, said that to best serve the community, he will rely on addressing the concerns that come directly from its residents.

"Having never served in a political position," said Faulkner, "I feel I would help bring a fresh voice to Montgomery. I would also bring a good set of ears to listen to the people."

In his free time, Faulkner helps coach several youth sports, including the teams of all three of his children. He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 16 years.

"I'd love the opportunity to be the voice of the people in Montgomery," he said.

For more on Faulkner's professional experience,

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