MOBILE, Ala. — Republican state Rep. Chad Fincher of Semmes has joined the crowded field to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner in Alabama’s 1st District congressional race.

The two-term legislator kicked off his campaign Monday.

The 39-year-old Fincher owns a real estate agency. He says he decided to run in part because of his struggles and frustrations as a small-business owner.

Fincher says he would work to reduce taxes on small businesses.

Other Republicans who’ve announced are columnist Quin Hilyer of Mobile; state Rep. Randy Davis of Daphne; Mobile real estate agent Jessica James; Orange Beach businessman Dean Young; and Mobile attorney Bradley Byrne.

Independent James Hall of Stapleton also is running for the seat, which represents southeast Alabama.