Dean Young

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Dean Young
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Alabama, District 1
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi, 1985
Date of birthJuly 8, 1964
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Dean Young was a 2013 Republican candidate for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama.[1] He previously sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Alabama in 2012, but was defeated in the primary by incumbent Jo Bonner.

Young ran for the nomination in the Republican primary on September 24, 2013. No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the total vote prompting a runoff primary on November 5, 2013. Young and Bradley Byrne were the top two winners in the primary, and battled for the nomination in the runoff primary, where Young was defeated.[2][3][3]


Young was raised in rural Mississippi. After dropping out of high school at age 16, he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi at age 20. He is a businessman whose ventures include real estate, property rental and marketing. He currently owns and operates four companies. He previously served as an Orange Beach Planning and Zoning Commissioner. Young also worked as an aide to former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.[4]


No support for John Boehner as speaker

Young said on November 2, 2013, that he would not support another term for John Boehner as Speaker of the U.S. House.[5]

"I wouldn't vote for him," said Young. He did not specify who he would like to see become speaker, but he said the House GOP needs "somebody up there that will get the country moving back in the right direction," not someone who will "keep giving in with the same old, same old establishment Republicans."[5]

Economic issues

Young was a vocal critic of incumbent Jo Bonner's votes for both the TARP financial bail out package and the U.S. debt limit increase. He said, "We've given Jo Bonner 9 years to fix the problem, and the truth is, he has become part of the problem. You don't bail out companies with other people's money."[4] Young was endorsed by conservative website RedState, which called Young, "the only challenger who has spent some money and has gained any traction." RedState also said, “Although Young has no record as an elected official, he has successfully fought against tax increases on a local level and will clearly be more conservative than Bonner."[6] Young advocates for a 25% congressional pay cut until Congress passes a balanced budget.[7]


In September 2011, Young sent a letter to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics requesting that committee chairman Jo Bonner recuse himself from any oversight of his personal financial disclosure statement. Young made the request due to allegations that Bonner improperly received investigative information from the committee’s probes of two lawmakers. The alleged secret communication concerned the investigations of Charles B. Rangel and Maxine Waters. The committee’s former staff director accused two committee attorneys of improperly sharing investigative information with Republicans on the panel, including Bonner.[8][9]

Campaign for Primary Accountability

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a Houston-based, anti-incumbent super PAC, assisted Young in his effort to unseat Bonner in 2012.[10]

Impeachment of President Obama

Young and one of his 2012 opponents Pete Riehm, speaking at a Tea-Party sponsored event in early 2012, said they would support the introduction of an article of impeachment against President Barack Obama. Young indicated he would put President Obama "on notice" prior to attempting impeachment. "First, I would cut off his funding. If that didn’t work, I would introduce a resolution describing what he’s done wrong. The last resort, which I am willing to take, would be to impeach him. We simply cannot allow him to continue to operate the way he has," Young said. Riehm cited violations of the U.S. Constitution and added, "failure to recognize wrong-doing is moral dereliction and, when you have the authority, failure to uphold the law is accessory to the crime." Incumbent Jo Bonner and candidate Peter Gounares said they did not support pursuing impeachment.[11]

Campaign themes


Young's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • Jobs & Economy
Excerpt: "Encourage business growth by cutting taxes and regulations."
  • Faith & Family
Excerpt: "100% Pro-Life, and will fight for the rights of the unborn."
  • Taxes & Regulations
Excerpt: "Provide tax relief for individuals. Your tax burden is too heavy."
  • Out of Control Government
Excerpt: "Fight to repeal ObamaCare."
  • Constitution & The Bill of Rights
Excerpt: "Support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."
  • National Defense & Border Security
Excerpt: "Protect our Nation by supporting a strong national defense."



See also: Alabama's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Young said on December 5, 2013, that he is seriously considering running in 2014.

"What we've got in the Republican Party is we have great divide. It's as deep as the grand canyon and as wide as the ocean. There's a huge difference between who is going to take over this party and what direction we are going to take as a nation," said Young.

"You know within six months there's another election here for this seat. That's six months. So I will be making my decision as to whether or not I will run again against Bradley Byrne here in the next month or two. It's not over I can tell you that," said Young.[12]


See also: Alabama's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Young ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. The election was held to replace Jo Bonner, who announced his resignation on May 23, 2013, in order to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[13]

No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the total vote in the Republican primary on September 24, 2013, requiring a runoff primary on November 5, 2013. Young and Bradley Byrne were the top two winners, and battled for the nomination in the runoff primary. Byrne defeated Young with 52.5% of the vote.[14][3][3]

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBradley Byrne 34.6% 18,090
Green check mark transparent.pngDean Young 23% 12,011
Chad Fincher 15.6% 8,177
Qyin Hillyer 13.9% 7,260
Wells Griffith 11% 5,758
Daniel Dyas 0.7% 391
Jessica James 0.7% 391
Sharon Powe 0.4% 184
David Thornton 0.1% 72
Total Votes 52,334
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[15]
U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Special Runoff Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBradley Byrne 52.5% 38,150
Dean Young 47.5% 34,534
Total Votes 72,684
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[16]


See also: Alabama's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Young ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alabama's 1st District. Young was defeated by incumbent Jo Bonner in the primary on March 13, 2012.

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJo Bonner Incumbent 55.6% 48,481
Dean Young 24.3% 21,216
Pete Riehm 15.7% 13,744
Peter Gounares 4.4% 3,828
Total Votes 87,269


In 2010, Dean ran for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. He dropped out of the race after then-Treasurer Kay Ivey switched from the governor's race to the lieutenant governor's race, saying "I don't see the reason for two people that are fiscal conservatives to have a big battle when the real battle should be against the Democrats this fall."[17]


Young ran for Alabama Secretary of State in 2002.[18]


Young and his wife, Jan, have three children.

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  1., "Republican Dean Young to run for AL-01 congressional seat," May 29, 2013
  2. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results," accessed November 5, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 AP Results, "Alabama Special Election Primary," accessed September 24, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Press Register, "Conservative Orange Beach businessman Dean Young to challenge Jo Bonner in GOP primary" accessed December 31, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 Washington Post, "Alabama runoff: Young won’t back Boehner for speaker, Byrne noncommittal," accessed November 4, 2013
  6., "Presidential candidates stump on Gulf Coast; latest endorsements and more (Political Skinny)," March 12, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Campaign website, Issues (timed out)
  8., "Dean Young chides Rep. Jo Bonner over Ethics Committee controversy," September 14, 2011
  9. Talking Points Memo, "Only In Washington: Ethics Questions Follow Ethics Chairman," September 22, 2011
  10. New York Times, "Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Fuels Primary Fights in Deep South," March 12, 2012
  11. Alabama Press-Register, "Alabama candidates vow: 'Impeach Obama' (George Talbot column)" February 1, 2012
  12. Local 15 TV, "Dean Young Urged as Write-in Candidate," accessed December 10, 2013 (dead link)
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named resign
  14. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results," accessed November 5, 2013
  15. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results ," accessed September 24, 2013
  16. Associated Press, "Republican Runoff Primary," accessed November 5, 2013
  17., "Dean Young of Gulf Shores drops out of lieutenant governor's race," April 2, 2010
  18., "Dean Young, former Roy Moore aide from Orange Beach, runs for lieutenant governor, AP reports," January 26, 2010