“The people of Alabama will have the opportunity to pick their next Senator, and I encourage everyone to stay engaged as the election moves forward,” he said in a statement.
Aderholt spokesman Brian Bell told AL.com Monday that his boss had considered getting into the race, but had decided against it.
Strange’s appointment by then-Gov. Robert Bentley to fill out the term of Jeff Sessions, who is now U.S. attorney general, was criticized because of Strange’s efforts to halt impeachment proceedings in the state legislature against the governor. Bentley later resigned in disgrace while Strange was the state’s attorney general.
Bentley later resigned as impeachment proceedings over using state resources to carry on an extramarital affair with an aide.
The Senate election was originally set for 2018, but Bentley’s successor, Gov. Kay Ivey, moved the date to this year.
Strange has said he’ll run for the seat this year and suspended state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore announced last week he would challenge Strange. State Rep. Ed Henry and Christian Coalition of Alabama President Randy Brinson are also in the primary.
Ron Crumpton, executive director of the Alabama Patients’ Rights Coalition is the only announced Democrat so far.
The state parties have set May 17 as the qualifying date. Party primaries will be held August 15, with a potential runoff on Sept. 26, and the general election on Dec. 12.