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Former US Marine looks to unseat Sen. Shelby in US Senate run

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

Congressman Richard Shelby has been an Alabama senator since 1987 and has been a member of the U.S. Senate longer than Jonathan McConnell has been alive.  

However, McConnell is not one to shy away from a challenge. The former serviceman served two tours of duty in Iraq.

"I served two tours in Iraq, I was an infantry officer with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. My first deployment I was on the outskirts of Falousia," McConnell said. "It was an incredible time; [I] definitely saw some of the worst of humanity and some of the best of humanity in watching what our Marines, our American sons and daughters, are capable of and it’s a humbling effort to be a part of." 

Now McConnell plans to fight a different kind of battle running against longtime Sen. Shelby, who is now running for his sixth term in office. This is one of the many things that McConnell would like to change.

"I am a huge fan of term limits," McConnell said. "I think our entire system is based on having a citizen legislature where you have a citizen that is elected from its body goes up to Washington DC, serves for a finite period of time and then comes home and lives under the laws that they created." 

Following his second tour as a Marine, McConnell returned home and began to pursue his law degree from the University of Alabama.

During his final terms studying international business law, McConnell was inspired by another global controversy. After an American cargo ship was hijacked by Somalian pirates, McConnell began to draw up plans for a new business.

His business, Meridian Global Consulting, puts former Marines on these cargo ships for security. McConnell has had success outside of politics and he is hoping he can bring his successful ways to Washington D.C.  

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