|Democratic Party nominee for
U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 5th District
November 2, 2010
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Auburn University (BS and MS, Economics)|
|Occupation||Public affairs specialist and small business owner|
Early life and education
Raby was born in Huntsville and grew up in Harvest, where he still has a home on his family farm. He attended Sparkman High School in Madison County. While in high school, he served as a United States Senate Page for Senator John Sparkman where he began his career in public service. He graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Agricultural Economics, and an MS in Economics.
Returning to Alabama in 1997, Raby joined North Alabama-based Direct Communications while continuing his public service for four years as the Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Military Affairs, helping to develop a strategic plan for the state to grow military presence and increase contracting potential within Alabama. He is currently the President of Huntsville Direct Communications, which specializes in public relations, management of local issues, and counseling.
2010 U.S. Congressional campaign
Raby ran against Republican nominee Mo Brooks for the U.S. House (Alabama District 5), but was defeated by Brooks in the general election.
Raby announced his candidacy on February 9, 2010. He won the Democratic primary on June 1, 2010 against Taze Shepard, Mitchell Howie, and David Maker. By winning over 60% of the vote, no runoff was required. On August 4, Raby won the official endorsement from the Blue Dog Coalition, saying: "As I have stated throughout the campaign, my first priority as a Congressman will be to focus on jobs and growing the economy. We must balance the federal budget for our Nation to rebound economically. The Coalition is dedicated to financial stability and national security, and I will join the Blue Dogs in this bipartisan common sense effort."
Steve and his wife, Denise, live in Huntsville, Alabama. They have two sons, Nathan and Keenan, in college. Raby is active with community service, including the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Valley Corridor, the Association of the United States Army, and the Veterans Memorial Foundation.
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