U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Durant to launch ‘Alabama First’ tour targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, ‘career politicians’

By Dylan Smith January 3, 2022

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Durant on Monday announced that his campaign this week will launch an “Alabama First” tour in an effort to bring his message directly to voters across the state.

A first time candidate for public office, Durant thus far has centered his campaign’s messaging around him being a “political outsider.” In his bid to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Durant is running on what he refers to as his “real-world experience” as a military veteran and business owner.

The “Black Hawk Down” U.S. Army aviator and Huntsville defense contractor has placed an emphasis on targeting President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, an issue which polling has indicated to be of importance to the Republican base.

According to a release from his campaign, Durant’s “Alabama First” tour will see the candidate continue to speak on halting vaccine mandates, protecting constitutional rights and taking aim at “career politicians.”

In announcing his campaign’s tour, Durant stated his intentions to take his outsider’s message directly to the grassroots.

“In Washington, career politicians who have never had a real job make awful decisions that hurt middle-class families and small businesses in Alabama,” proclaimed Durant. “I’m running for Senate to change that. We need leaders with the real-world experience to get the job done.”

He concluded, “Like President Trump, I’m a political outsider. I’ve spent my life defending our country and building a successful business. I look forward to traveling around our state and talking with Alabamians who are ready for new leadership in Washington.”

Durant on Tuesday will officially qualify to appear on the Alabama Republican Party ballot as a candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat at the party’s Birmingham headquarters.

The primary election is scheduled to occur on May 24, 2022.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL


On October 3rd, 1993, during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu Somalia, “Super Six Four,” the Blackhawk helicopter flown by Mike Durant, was hit by an RPG and crashed in the city.

Mike and and his crew, Ray Frank, Bill Cleveland, and Tommy Field, all badly injured, fought for their lives as a violent mob approached. Witnessing what was about to happen from above, two members of the elite Special Operations unit Delta Force – MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart – volunteered to be inserted to defend them. They too were eventually overcome by the mob.

But Mike Durant, somehow survived, was captured and held as a POW by Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The heroic actions of Gordon and Shughart – who were both posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor – are the reason Mike is alive today. Mike has seen sacrifice – fellow service members who put honor, country, and mission above all else. He knows firsthand that the United States leaves no one behind.

While in captivity, Mike heard the voice and promise of Dan Jollota broadcast from the sky:

“Mike Durant, we will not leave without you.”

Now, Mike is signing up for one more tour of duty to serve his country and Alabama in the United States Senate.

He’s watched as the Biden administration has deserted these core principles – abandoning our allies, along with American citizens, in Afghanistan; cowering to the influence of the Chinese as they evade responsibility for the Wuhan Virus; and letting the radical left open our borders and try and re-define the essence of what America stands for through misguided and distorted revisions of our history like “critical race theory”.

Mike believes that President Trump was the first President in his lifetime who always pushed for policies that put America first. That’s because he knows that America is more than just a country – it is a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.

President Trump knew it, Mike Durant lived it. And he will carry that vision forward in the U.S. Senate.

Mike Durant was released from captivity in Somalia after 11 days. He would later write a book titled In the Company of Heroes, about his experience on that mission in Somalia and the many other missions he participated in during his career. He also wrote The Night Stalkers, about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in which he served.

After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, Mike moved to Alabama with his family to start a new chapter in his life. He started and grew a highly successful business – Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and services company based in Huntsville.

In thirteen years, Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup to over 500 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in sixteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mike’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards.

He and his wife Lisa (also an Army Aviator) reside in Huntsville and have a family of six children, four boys and two girls, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.