Former federal prosecutor Doug Jones has qualified to run for U.S. Senate in the special election later this year, the Alabama Democratic Party announced this week.

“People are tired of the overall tone in the country, the partisan divide and the lack of leadership,” Jones said in a telephone interview Friday.

Jones, who now is now in private practice, is best known for his years as U.S attorney for Alabama’s northern district. He led the prosecution of Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry, the Klansmen who bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963 – a case that was decades old when Jones picked it up.

Jones is one of three Democrats who have declared a plan to run for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed as U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump.

Sen. Luther Strange, appointed to the seat when Sessions left, has at least three declared opponents.

Primaries are set for August and the general election will be held in December.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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