A new candidate is joining the race for the House seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia). Gary Palmer, director of development at the conservative Alabama Policy Institute, says he will seek the Republican nomination. Palmer has been involved in public policy for 24 years, but it's his first run for public office. Palmer says he believes he can provide the leadership and solutions needed in Washington. The only other declared GOP candidate is Chad Mathis, a doctor from Indian Springs.