According to the Mobile Press-Register, the Republican made his announcement in an email to supporters, in which he addressed the criticism he'll likely receive due to his criminal history.

"I know some will be skeptical of my interest in this congressional race after wrongfully being accused of crimes, drug abuse and personal mistakes,” he said. “I have the determination, the experience and fortitude to serve as congressman for the 1st Congressional District.”

Nodine was indicted for murder in the death of his mistress in 2010, though those charges were dropped in 2012 as part of a deal in which he pleaded guilty to felony perjury. He's currently serving a two-year term on perjury and harassment charges.

In the email, he said he had seen "first-hand what an out of control justice system can do to an innocent person's life," and that part of his platform would be to reform the justice system.

“I made severe and inexcusable personal mistakes in my life but do not feel it is up to rogue prosecutors to prosecute a person’s personal and moral failings," he said.

Convicted felons are legally allowed to serve in Congress.

Bonner announced his retirement last month and set off a scramble for his seat, which he'll vacate on Aug. 15 to take a position at the University of Alabama. The first congressional district is deeply conservative, and a handful of Republicans have already announced their intentions to run.

Nodine said that he's looking for a "second chance" to serve in office.

"I was never given a second chance, I had no record prior to my wrongful prosecution because of my personal failings and all I ask is for a second chance to serve the citizens of South Alabama,” Nodine said.