The 33-year-old Birmingham native’s message: “People are hungry for something new, for a new generation of leaders. Some of these politicians who are running, it’s the same-old, same-old stuff. We need a new generation of conservatives.”
Abroms wants to join the pack. A certified public accountant, he founded an Atlanta-based company in 2011 that converts vehicles to run on natural gas. Six years later, he’s winding down the business and pumping some of the proceeds into his bid for public office.
“I achieved financial success, and it taught me a lot about working together and what I can do when I put my heart and soul into something,” said Abroms. “It’s not always about fighting or one-upping your opponent. I think you can stick by your principles and still have a meaningful discussion.”
In a solidly-Republican district that only supported Trump by a whisker in November, Abroms said he’d be willing to defy Trump. He doesn’t back his now-sidelined immigration ban, and he said he would vote to “secure the border” while stopping short of endorsing Trump’s plan for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
“I’m running for the people of the Sixth District. Trump is not going to be my boss and neither is Speaker Ryan,” he said. “I don’t have to be doing this. I’m 33 years old and I’ve been extremely blessed. But I’m doing this for the right reasons. I’m not worried about political backlash for standing up for my beliefs.”