Voter Guide

Alabama voters go to the polls March 1, and there’s a lot more on the ballot than the high-profile presidential race.

In Democratic and Republican primaries, voters will nominate candidates  for U.S. Senate and the state’s Public Service Commission president, Supreme Court and Board of Education, plus decide on an amendment.

Voters in Jefferson and Shelby counties will pick nominees for judgeships, school board seats, district attorney and treasurer offices.

BirminghamWatch and Weld For Birmingham, Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, Starnes Publishing, B-Metro and Kaleidoscope are collaborating to offer this one-stop, interactive, factual, non-partisan Voter Guide.

Candidate profiles, sample ballots, answers about issues, campaign contributor lists, info on where to vote and more. It’s all in the guide below.

Find Your Polling Place

At the Secretary of State Office’s Alabama Votes website, you can look up your assigned polling place and see a list of the districts in which you are eligible to vote. AlabamaVotes.Gov

Verify Your Registration

If you haven’t voted in a while or you’re new to voting, it’s best to check your voter registration status and make sure you are listed as an “active” voter. Registration Information

 

ID You’ll Need at the Polls

By Kesha Drexel

To vote in Alabama’s March 1 primary, voters must present photo identification or a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card. Forms of identification accepted include a valid Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID card, a valid state or federal-issued ID, a valid U.S. passport, a valid employee ID from the federal, state, county or municipal government, a valid student or employee photo ID from a college or university, a valid U.S. military photo ID card and a valid tribal photo ID card. A voter without a valid form of photo identification can vote on a regular ballot if he or she is positively identified as an eligible voter in the precinct by two election officials. If the voter cannot be identified by two election officials, he or she can vote on a provisional ballot. For more information, visit www.alabamavoterid.com or call the Secretary of State Elections Division at 800-274-8683 or 334-242-7210.

Jefferson County Treasurer, Duties

The duties: The Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for managing the cash flow of the county while maintaining transparency with the public. The Treasurer’s Office manages the payroll of county employees, pays county vendors and handles the county’s tax revenue.  

Report a Problem at the Polls

If you suspect you have encountered irregularities in state and local elections, you can report the incidents through the Secretary of State Office’s Stop Voter Fraud Now website. All reports of alleged violations filed through the web site will be kept confidential. http://www.stopvoterfraudnow.com/

 

 

Jefferson County Deputy Treasurer, Duties

 

The duties: The Jefferson County Deputy Treasurer assists the Jefferson County Treasurer in his or her daily duties, which includes supervising investments, verifying financial risks and presenting financial reports.  

Research Election Financing

Want to know more about the contributions received and expenditures made by a state candidate? You can look at their financial disclosure forms on the Secretary of State Office’s Alabama Votes website. You also can search by contributor to find out which candidates people, companies, and political action committees are supporting through their wallets. Alabama Electronic Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) Reporting System

 

 

League of Women Voters’ Vote411 Guide

At the League of Women Voters’ Vote411.org site, you can put in your address and get a list of the state and national candidates who will be on your ballot. You also can read answers to a series of issues-based questions the League asked each state and national candidate and compare their answers side by side. If you mark your favorite candidates, the League will email or text you a copy of your personalized ballot. League of Women Voters’ Vote411.org site

 

Andrew Bennett (D)

Jefferson County Treasurer

Andrew Bennett

Date of birth: July 1938; 77

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Bessemer Division tax assessor, 2009-2015. Professional experience: Bessemer Division tax assessor, 2009-2015; director of parks and recreation, city of Bessemer, 2001-2008; building inspector, 1977-2000; chief of contracts and administration, International Commission of Contracts, and supervision of the national delegations, 1965-1975. Civic experience: Member, board of directors, Project Hopewell. Education: University of Maryland; Cuyahoga Community College. Main issues: Bennett says his main issues, if elected, would be transparency of funds, honesty, and integrity.

Eric Major (D)

Jefferson County Treasurer

Eric Major

Date of Birth: April 6,1968; age 47

Residence: Fairfield

Political experience: Alabama House of Representatives District 55, 1998-2006; ran for Jefferson County Commission, 2007; executive committee member, National Conference of Black State Legislators, 2002; former executive committee member, National Conference of Mayors. Professional experience: Executive director, Alabama Minority Health Institute; executive director, Global Development Group; Alabama House member, 1998-2006; former staff member for former U.S. 7th District congressman; previous international elections monitor, Gambia, Africa. Civic experience: Member, Faith Chapel Christian Center; board member, Western Area YMCA; founder, Alabama Charity Association; economic empowerment chair, Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP; elected chairman of the Jefferson County Citizen’s Coalition; formerly recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of the Top 30 Leaders under 30. Education: Bachelor’s in political science, University of Alabama at Birmingham; associate’s, Jefferson State Community College. Main issues: Major pledged that, if elected, he would make sure that records of the Treasurer’s Office are transparent and that he is available and accountable to residents of the county.

Mike Miles (D)

Jefferson County Treasurer

Michael “Mike” D. Miles

Date of birth: August, 1954; 61

Residence: Birmingham

Political Experience: Jefferson County treasurer, 2013-present; elected member of Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee; assistant Alabama secretary of state, 1994-1995; director, Intergovernmental relations for Birmingham, 1983-1990; ran political campaigns on city, county, state, legislative and congressional levels, 1977-2007. Professional experience: Jefferson County treasurer, 2013-present; political and business consultant; president of the board, treasurer, Childcare Resources; former installment loan officer; Birmingham Trust National Bank; National General Council on Finance, United Methodist Church. Civic Experience: Financial crusade chairman, American Cancer Society; board chairman, Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education; president, Downtown Democratic Club; adult adviser, North Alabama Conference Council on Youth Ministry; member and former Sunday school teacher at Canterbury United Methodist Church; chairman of the task force of the Jefferson County Board of Education. Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, interdisciplinary major with concentration in finance, political science, history and English. Main Issues: Miles said that, if he is re-elected, his main issues will be to continue to rebrand the county’s financial operations, perfect new paperless payroll for all county employees and continue to strengthen local banks, particularly minority- owned lenders.

Jefferson County District Court, Place 4, Duties

The duties: District Court handles all misdemeanors and traffic violations that have been investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Department of Public Safety and other various state agencies. District Court also is the initial courtroom phase for all felony cases that have not been indicted by a grand jury.  

Alabama Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Place 3, Duties

The duties: The Supreme Court of Alabama is composed of a chief justice and eight associate justices. The primary responsibility of the justices is to review decisions made by other courts of the state. They also have jurisdiction over all appeals involving a controversy over more than $50,000 and appeals from the Alabama Public Service Commission.  

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 17, Duties

The duties: Circuit Court is the highest court in the county. The circuit courts are where jury trials take place. In most Alabama counties, the circuit courts hear both civil and criminal cases. In Jefferson County there is a civil division and a criminal division. This seat hears civil cases.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 11, Duties

The duties: Circuit Court is the highest court in the county. The circuit courts are where jury trials take place. In most Alabama counties, the circuit courts hear both civil and criminal cases. In Jefferson County there is a civil division and a criminal division. This seat hears civil cases.

Jefferson County Circuit Court, Place 22, Duties

The duties: Circuit Court is the highest court in the county.  The circuit courts are where jury trials take place. In most Alabama counties, the circuit courts hear both civil and criminal cases. In Jefferson County there is a civil division and a criminal division.  The Place 22 seat handles civil cases.

Shelby County Commission, Duties

The duties: The responsibilities of the Shelby County Commission include supervision of all county public funds, adoption of an annual county budget, construction and maintenance and providing services through all city departments.

Shelby County Commission, Duties

The duties: The responsibilities of the Shelby County Commission include supervision of all county public funds, adoption of an annual county budget, construction and maintenance and providing services through all city departments.  

Laura McCauley Alvis (R)

Circuit Court Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Place No. 4

Name: Lara McCauley Alvis

Date of birth: Dec. 31, 1974; age 41

Residence: Pelham

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Private practice, Alvis & Alvis, 2007-present; adjunct professor, University of Alabama School of Law, 2006-present; associate attorney, Allison, May, Alvis, Fuhrmeister and Kimbrough, 2006-2007; judicial law clerk, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, 2000-2001; law clerk, Alabama Attorney General’s Office, 1998 and 2000; assistant district attorney, Shelby County, 1998-2000 and 2001-2006; law clerk, summer of 1998 and during the 1999-2000 school year. Civic experience: Board of directors, Easter Seals, 2015-present; founder, Girl Scout Troop 983, 2014-present; advisory board member, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Shelby County, 2014-2016; Church Council member, Lakeview Pelham’s First United Methodist Church, 2013-present. Education: University of Alabama School of Law, juris doctorate, 2000; University of Alabama, bachelor’s, graduated magna cum laude, 1997.

Patrick Kennedy (R)

Circuit Court Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Place No. 4

Name:  Patrick E. Kennedy

Date of birth: June 15, 1971; age 44

Residence: Alabaster

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Private practice, 2001-present; contractor with the Administrative Office of Courts handling juvenile court matters, 2004-present; guardian ad litem, circuit court, 2009-present; has worked on occasion in Shelby County municipal courts, including as prosecutor; Army National Guard, airborne infantryman. Civic experience: Assistant scoutmaster, Boy Scouts; member, the Branch at Mission Hills Church in Alabaster. Top contributors: Thomas A. Decker, $20,000; Vic Smith, CPA P.C., $2,000; Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt PAC, $2,000. Education: Jones School of Law, juris doctorate, 2000; master’s, Auburn University Montgomery, 1997; Troy State University, bachelor’s, 1993.

Jane Hampton (R)

Shelby County Board of Education Place 1

Jane Hampton

Date of birth: Dec. 7, 1948; age 67

Residence: Highland Park Drive, North Shelby County

Political experience: Shelby County Board of Education, Place 1, 2010-2016. Professional experience: Principal, Oak Mountain Elementary, 1997-2008; assistant principal, Inverness Elementary, 1990-1997; teacher, Inverness Elementary, 1983-1990;  teacher, Valley Elementary, 1971-1982. Civic experience: Shelby County Arts Council Board, 2010-present; Shelby County Education Foundation Board, 2015-present; Leadership Shelby County graduate, 2003; Education Liaison, Parent Advocates, Down Syndrome, 2007-08. Education: University of Montevallo, EdS, 1980; Administration, MEd, 1986; Administration, EdS, 1990; Auburn University, bachelor’s, 1971; University of Montevallo, MEd, 1972-1975.

Lori Frasure (R)

Shelby County District Court Judge, Place No. 1

Name: Lori Frasure

Date of birth: Dec. 23, 1972; age 43

Residence: Calera

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Private practice, 2003-present. Civic experience: None provided. Education: Cumberland School of Law, juris doctorate, 2003; University of Great Falls, master’s in human services, 1999; Western Carolina University, bachelor’s, 1995.

Tapeka Brown Fennell (D)

Jefferson County Deputy Treasurer

Tapeka Brown Fennell

Date of birth: January 1978, 38

Residence: Birmingham

Political Experience: None

Professional Experience: Treasurer, Alabama S.T.E.M. Education, 2016; ECA Accountancy, 2014-2016; analyst for Sirote & Permutt Mortgage Banking, 2007-2011; member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Internal Revenue Service certified income tax preparer; United Way certified volunteer tax counselor for the elderly. Civic Experience: member, Faith Chapel Christian Center; member, The Junior League of Birmingham; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Birmingham; Wenonah High School Dragons civic honoree; parent auxiliary for the Hueytown Jaguars Community Football League; parent auxiliary for Highlands Day School; Miles College Student Assessment Roundtable Committee; representative, Miles College National Association of Black Accountants. Education: Attending Columbia Southern University master’s in business program; Miles College, bachelor’s of accounting magna cum laude, 2015; graduate, Houston County Science & Technology Vocational Center, 1996. Main Issues: If elected, Fennell wants to address financial transparency, accountability and stability, as well as, communicate with residents why certain decisions are being made. Campaign: Vote Tapeka Brown Fennell, Jefferson County Deputy Treasurer 2016

 

J. Timothy “Tim” Smith (R)

Circuit Court Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Place No. 4

Name: J. Timothy “Tim” Smith

Date of birth:  Nov. 20, 1955; age 60

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: None

Professional experience:  Private practice, more than 30 years; SafeHouse of Shelby County attorney, more than 25 years; member, Third Citizens’ Conference on the Alabama State Courts, 1995; member and group chair, Birmingham Bar’s Grievance Committee; former member and past president, Alabama State Bar Family Law Section; former member, executive committee of the Birmingham Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Section; former chairman, Solo/Small Section Firm of the Birmingham Bar, 2013; past chairman, Young Lawyers Speakers Bureau of the Birmingham Bar. Civic experience: Member, Birmingham Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program; former member, Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education board of directors; former member, Covenant House board of directors; member, Hoover Chamber of Commerce; former member, Epilepsy Foundation board of directors; former member, Magic City Harvest board of directors; former member, Greater Birmingham March of Dimes board of directors; former member, Alabaster Industrial Development Board; past president, Alabaster Chamber of Commerce. Education: Auburn University, bachelor’s 1974; Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate,1974; graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy; graduate, Southern Trust School at Birmingham Southern College.

Sherry McClain (D)

Jefferson County Deputy Treasurer

Sherry McClain

Date of birth: October, 1962; 53

Residence: Brighton

Political Experience: Jefferson County deputy treasurer, 2013-present; member, State Democratic Executive Committee, Jefferson County Federation of Democratic Women, Jefferson County Democratic Conference, Alabama New South Coalition and Jefferson County New Citizen’s Coalition. Professional Experience: Jefferson County deputy treasurer, 2013-present; director of community affairs, Jefferson County Commission, 2009-2010; American Trust Corp., 2007-2009; city of Brighton, 2000-2007; MedPartners, 1995-2000; Amsouth Bank, 1980-1995. Civic Experience: Member, Shiloh Baptist Church; treasurer, Brighton School PTA. Education: First Realty School, 1993; University of Alabama at Birmingham, bachelor’s of accounting, 1984; attended Jefferson State Community College, 1980-1982. Main Issues: If re-elected, McClain wants to perform her duties professionally and effectively.

James R. “Jim” Kramer (R)

Shelby County District Court Judge, Place No. 1

Name: James R. “Jim” Kramer

Date of birth: Nov. 12, 1959; age 56

Residence: Alabaster

Political experience: Won election to the district court in 2004 and 2010; ran unsuccessfully for Alabaster mayor, 2000, and Alabaster City Council, 1992. Professional experience:  Shelby County District Court judge, 2004-present; president, Alabama Juvenile Judge’s Association, 2007-2008; child support referee for Shelby County, 2000-2005; contract attorney and guardian ad litem for the Juvenile Court of Shelby County, 1984-2005; prosecutor, city of Calera, 1992-2005; part-time municipal judge, city of Alabaster, 1999-2004; member and past president, Shelby County Bar Association;  member, Alabama Bar Association; member, National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; member, National Association of Drug Court Professionals; member, state Joint Committee of Juvenile Judges and Probate Judges; past member, state Committee to Expedite Appeals in Juvenile Court Cases. Civic experience: Member, Buck Creek Masonic Lodge; member, Scottish Rite; past member, The Shriners; member and two-time trustee, First Baptist Church of Alabaster; chairman, county Children’s Policy Council; chairman,  Shelby County Drug-Free Coalition.

Ramona Rice (R)

Shelby County Board of Education, Place 1

Ramona Piland Rice

Date of birth: March 7, 1964;  age 51

Residence: Helena

Political experience: This is Rice’s first run for political office. Professional experience: Senior creative manager and designer, DST Health Solutions, October 2013- present; creative manager and designer, Oakstone Publishing, March 2000-Oct. 2013; creative manager and designer, University of Southern Mississippi, April 1990-March 2000. Civic experience: Decoding Dyslexia Alabama, State Founder, January 2013-present; Alabama Dyslexia Advisory Council, May 2015-present; Alabama Reading Association, chairman-Legislative Committee, November 2015-present; Pelham High School Band Boosters;  Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama;  Ad Federation of South Mississippi;  Council for Advancement and Support of Education; University & College Designers Association. Education: The University of Southern Mississippi, bachelor’s, 1989.

Chris Dunn (R)

Shelby County Commission, District 9

Chris Dunn

Date of birth: July 2, 1970; age 45

Residence: Chelsea

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Area manager, ChemTreat, 2013-present. Civic experience: None

Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, University of Alabama, 1988-1994, graduate, Bibb County High School, 1988. Top contributor: Self, loans, $720.37

Main issues: If elected, the candidate wants to address education funding for Shelby County Schools.  

Robbie Hayes (R)

Shelby County Commission, District 9

Robert C. “Robbie” Hayes

Date of birth: April 16, 1961; age 54

Residence: Chelsea

Political experience: Shelby County Commission, District 9, 2005-present. Professional experience: Optometrist and owner, Hayes Eye Center in Chelsea, 1992-present. Civic experience: Board of directors, Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, 2006-present; sideline volunteer, Chelsea High School Football, 1991-present; member, South Shelby Chamber of Commerce, 2016; board of directors, Alabama Optometric Association, 1999-2002 and 2004-2007; president, Chelsea Kiwanis Club, 1998-2000 and 2006-2007; lay leader, Morningstar United Methodist Church, 2001-2002; president, Birmingham Area Optometric Association, 1997. Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, doctorate of optometry, 1988; University of Alabama at Birmingham, bachelor’s degree in biology, 1984; graduate of Pelham High School, 1979. Top contributors: Issis and Sons Carpet, $500; Morrison, Spann LLC, $500; Mark S. Boardman, $400; Birmingham Auto PAC, $250; Teresa P. Petelos, $250; Pat Lynch, $250; Ramon J. Samaniego, $250; Lindsey J. Allison, attorney, $200; Randy A. Dempsey, attorney, $200.

Luke Lombardo (R)

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Lindsey Allison (R)

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Ron Griggs (R)

Shelby County Commission, District 4

Ron Griggs

Date of birth: April 1, 1952; age 63

Residence: Alabaster

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Producer, The Insurance Store in Alabaster, 2013-present; assistant principal and principal, Thompson High School, 1993-2005; administrative assistant and assistant principal, Shelby County High School, 1987-1993; teacher, coach, bus driver and administrative assistant, Pelham High School, 1977-1987; teacher, coach, bus driver, Thompson Middle School, 1975-1977. Civic experience: Member of First Baptist Church of Alabaster, 1993-present. Education: Certificate in education administration, University of Montevallo, 1987; master’s degree in education, University of Montevallo, 1980; bachelor’s degree in physical education, Samford University, 1970-1974; graduate, Geneva County High School, 1970. Top contributors: Self, loans, $4,900; Eddy Jones, $100. Main issues: If elected, the candidate wants to serve his community by working with the other Shelby County Commissioners to assist the Alabaster/Pelham area by blending local, state and federal government plans.

Gene Rowley (R)

Shelby County Commission, District 4

Gene Rowley

Date of birth: April 29, 1970; 45

Residence: Alabaster

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Senior code reviewer/system analyst, Xerox Corp., 2014-present; unmanned aerial vehicle operator, AAI Corp. (Textron Systems), 2009-2014; budget and finance NCO/comptroller, Alabama National Guard 20th Special Forces Group, 2001-2009; owner/voiceover talent, Gene Rowley Voiceover, 1989-present. Civic experience: Vice president/general manager, Alabaster Broadcasting & Community Radio nonprofit, 2013-present; ambassador, Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 2014-present; master of ceremonies for numerous civic organizations and events, including Sav-A-Life Shelby’s Annual Banquet, Shelby District Eagle Scout Banquet and American Legion Vietnam 50th Anniversary; volunteer, Alabaster City Youth Soccer, 1999-2001; member, Matthew Blount American Legion Post 555, 2015-present; volunteer, Alabaster City School’s Sister School project, 2016; volunteer history teacher, Hope Christian School, 2014-2015. Education: Associate’s degree in applied science, Cochise College, 2009; pursuing bachelor’s degree in history, American Military University, 2009-present. Top contributors: Self, loans, $3,600; Time Honeycutt/AIPHA Orthopaedic, $250; Emmanuel Scozzaro, $200; Keith Arnold; $200; Robert Clark, $100; Kyle Hannah, $100; Kendra Axon, $100; Eric Fort, $100; Lee F. Miller, $100; Mark Graham, $100; Dr. Marty Lovvorn, $100.

Ward Williams (R)

Shelby County Commission, District 4

Ward Williams

Date of birth: Oct. 13, 1973; age 42

Residence: Alabaster

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Founder and executive director, Vineyard Family Services, 2007-present; associate pastor of youth and outreach, Inverness Vineyard Church, 2002-2007. Civic experience: Graduate, Leadership Shelby County, 2014; member,  Shelby County Children’s Policy Council, 2007-present; youth sports coach, YMCA and city of Alabaster, 2007-present; member, Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 2007-present; member, South Shelby Chamber of Commerce, 2007-present; volunteer, Junior Achievement, 2012-present. Education: Southwest Texas State University, bachelor’s degree in speech communication, 1997; graduate of Corpus Christi Ray High School, 1992. Top contributors: Lynn Ross, $2,000; self, loans, $1,818.78; Me 2 Graphics LLC, in-kind advertising, $1,300; Alan and Jamie Wood, $500; Alton Yother, $300.

Statewide Amendment One

By Andrew Yeager – Primary voters going to the polls March 1 will see one statewide ballot measure to amend the Alabama Constitution.  Amendment One deals with retirement for future district attorneys and circuit clerks of the state. Currently those positions are part of Alabama’s supernumerary service system.  This amendment would allow the state to set up a new retirement program for district attorneys and circuit clerks elected or appointed after November 8, 2016.  The amendment not only authorizes that action, but according to a summary by the state’s Fair Ballot Commission, it also offers details about the new system.

Delegates and What They Do

Primary voters going to the polls March 1 will see one statewide ballot measure to amend the Alabama Constitution. Amendment One deals with retirement for future district attorneys and circuit clerks of the state.

Monica Agee (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Place 17

Monica Agee

Date of birth: January, 1962; age 54

Residence: Forestdale

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Private practice, Law Office of Monica Agee, 2000-present; U.S. Department of Commerce; Jefferson County Personnel Board; Berry Company; Big B Drugs; Birmingham Board of Education; U.S. Air Force; University of Alabama at Birmingham. Civic experience: Volunteer, American Red Cross; volunteer, Toys for Tots; volunteer, Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers and Public Service Committee; member, Minority Women’s Network. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1999; University of Alabama at Birmingham, bachelor’s in quantitative analysis, 1990. Top contributors: David Agee, $250; Amy Coleman, $100; Cornell Anderson, $100; Amy Anderson, $100; Bernice Davis, $100. Qualifications: Agee has practiced law for more than 15 years.

Elisabeth French (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 17

Elisabeth French

Date of birth: December, 1972; age 44

Residence: Birmingham

Political Experience: Jefferson County Circuit Judge Place 17, 2010-2016. Professional Experience: Incumbent Circuit Court Judge, 2010-2016; member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the Alabama Supreme Court; The French Firm private practice, 1998-2010; former president, vice president, treasurer and secretary of the Alabama Lawyers Association, 2004-2008. Civic Experience: Member, University of Montevallo’s Foundation Board, 2008-2015; volunteer, Birmingham City Schools’ after-school program; former member, Children’s Dance Foundation board; provides Mock Trial Field Trips to students in Birmingham Schools; member of Living Stones Church. Education: Cumberland School of Law, juris doctorate, 1997; University of Montevallo, bachelor’s in political science and Spanish, 1993. Top Contributors: Environmental Litigation Group, PC, $10,000; Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, $5500; Charlie Waldrep, $4,000; Newsome Law LLC, $6,000; Arthur Edge III P.C., $5,000; David H. Marsh, $5,000.

Joe Basgier (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 11

Joe Basgier

Date of birth: October, 1974; 42

Residence: Vestavia Hills

Political Experience: None

Professional Experience: Private practice, Bloomston & Basgier, 2004-present; attorney for the Police Benevolent Association; executive committee member, Birmingham Bar Association; president of the criminal justice section, Birmingham Bar; prosecutor, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, 2004. Civic Experience: Board member for the YMCA; member of the Shades Valley Rotary Club; member of the NAACP; member of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church; former member Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Society. Education: University of Alabama Law School, juris doctorate, 2004; James Madison University, bachelor’s degree. Top Contributors: Gladys Campbell, $3,000; James F. Liddon, $2,500; Winston, Winston, Jenkins & Chastain, $2,500; Kenneth Hobbs, $750; Brannon Manor, $500. Qualifications: Basgier said his background in areas of law such as white collar crime, criminal defense and gaming law provide him extensive experience and allow him to have a fair and balanced approach to the bench.

Javan Joielle Patton (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Place 4

Javan J. Patton

Date of birth: May 1982;  age 34

Residence: Birmingham

Political Experience: None

Professional Experience: Assistant city attorney for Birmingham, 2011-present; Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, 2009-2011; prosecutor with Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, 2007-2009. Civic Experience: Director of the Liturgical Dance Ministry at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church; volunteer for Sisters Inspiring Sisters Through the Arts; social event co-chair with the Alabama School of Fine Arts Alumni Association; board member of the Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation; board member with the Railroad Park Foundation; former member of The Birmingham Zoo Junior Board; former member of the UAB Minority Health and Research Committee Young Professional board; member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Education: Thurgood Marshall School of Law, juris doctorate, 2007; University of Alabama, bachelor’s in political science, 2003. Top Contributors: Jarvis E. Patton, Jr., $16,140; V. Michael Bivins, $3,000; Patton EM INC, $2,750; Barry Walker LLC, $1,500; Dudley C. Reynolds, $1,500. Qualifications: Patton has tried more than 50 cases and has represented citizens in Montgomery as well as Jefferson County.

Charles “Chuck” Price II (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Place 4

Charles “Chuck” Price II

Date of birth: October 1976; age 39

Residence: Birmingham

Political Experience: None

Professional Experience: In private practice; litigation associate/shareholder, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker LLC, 2005-2014; law clerk, Alabama Securities Commission, 2004-2005; law clerk, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Bernard Harwood, 2003-2004; member, executive board, Magic City Bar Association, 2014-present; Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star in Civil Litigation, 2013-present; member, executive board, Alabama Lawyers Association, 2009-present; secretary, National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2012-2015; member, Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee, 2014. Civic Experience: UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center Young Professionals Board, 2015-present. Education: Creighton University School of Law, juris doctorate, 2003; Morehouse College, bachelor of arts in English Literature, 1999. *This information has been corrected from the original version. Top Contributors: 1st Choice Resources Group LLC, $1,500; Derrick Mills, $1,250; Andrew P. Campbell, $1,000; Cunningham Bounds LLC,  Environment Litigation Group, PC, $1,000; FGA PAC, $1,000.

Minnie L. Tunstall (D)

District Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bessemer Division

Minnie L. Tunstall

Date of birth: June 30, 1959; age 56

Residence: Bessemer

Political experience: Ran for District Court Judge of 10th Judicial Circuit, Place 19, 2006. Professional experience: Practicing attorney since 1993, including time spent in private practice, as an assistant district attorney in Bessemer area, 2010-2013, and as a staff attorney with Metro Birmingham Legal Services. Civic experience: Pro bono legal work with the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program and with various churches; former mentor with the P.I.N.K. program; worked with Habitat for Humanity through Faith Chapel Christian Center. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1992; bachelor’s in psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1982. Top contributors: Larry Mann, $500; Fabian Beavers, $400; Vanessa Searight, $200; Lee Vester Akins, $150; Horace W. Kynard, Steve Martin and Edward R. Reynolds, $100 each.

Lynneice Olive-Washington (D)

District Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bessemer Division

Name: Lynneice Olive-Washington

Date of birth: December, 27, 1967; age 48

Residence: Bessemer

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for District Judge, Place 10, 2010; presiding judge, Bessemer Municipal Court, 2011-present. Professional experience: Presiding judge, Bessemer Municipal Court, 2011 – present; appellate prosecutor, Irondale Municipal Court, 2013-present; hearing officer, Jefferson County Personnel Board, 2013-present; solo practitioner, 2010-present; assistant district attorney, Bessemer District, 2002-2010; solo practitioner, 1996-2002. Education: Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1995; bachelor’s in criminal justice and corrections, Auburn University Montgomery, 1990; graduate, A.H. Parker High School, 1986. Civic experience: Member and past president, Bessemer Rotary Club; board member, Girls Inc., 2010-present; mentor, Bessemer Business Professional Women’s Club’s P.I.N.K. program, 2009-present; member, Domestic Violence Task Force, Bessemer, 2011-present; member, Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future program, 2012; advisory board member, Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies cancer awareness organization; recipient, NAACP’s Wonderful Outstanding Women Award, 2015; recipient, Woman of Achievement award, Bessemer Business and Professional Women’s Club, 2014; recipient, A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club’s Pillars of Character Excellence: Fairness Award, 2014; Rotarian of the Year, Bessemer Rotary Club, 2014;

Top Contributors: Y Catering, $1,000 in-kind services; SNG Signs, loans, $900; Constance and Jessie Olive, cash and in-kind services, $700; Friends to Elect Lynneice Washington, $600; Greg Garnette, Ronald C. Hatcher and Jamie Terry, each $500. Main issues: Implement a program to educate students about how laws can affect them.

Lonnie A. Washington Sr. (D)

District Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bessemer Division

Lonnie A. Washington Sr.

Political experience: Appointed to the Alabama State University trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley, 2014. Professional experience: Private practice, co-founder of Washington, Lloyd & Henderson PC, 2001-present; Municipal Court judge for several area cities; network attorney for the Alabama Education Association; associate member, Jefferson County Personnel Board; general counsel to the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention. Education: Cumberland School of law, 1992; bachelor’s, Alabama State University, 1988. Top contributors: Self, loan, $1757.50; Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union Council Cope Fund, $1,500; Milton McGregor, $1,250; United Mine Workers of America, $1,000; Darryl Bender, $1,000. Main Issues: Washington on his campaign website states that his objectives if elected would be to get tough on violent crime, provide outreach and education to the Bessemer Cut-Off community, cooperate with all public safety officials in the area and develop and coordinate rehabilitation programs for non-violent offenders.

Raymond L. Johnson Jr. (D)

District Attorney, 10th Circuit, Jefferson County

Name: Raymond Johnson Jr.

Date of birth: May 4, 1951; age 64

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: State executive committee member, Alabama Democratic Party. Professional experience: Private practice and shareholder, The Johnson Law Firm, LLC, Birmingham, 2004-present; adjunct professor, Cumberland School of Law, 1988-present; shareholder, Thomas, Means, Gillis & Seay, 2000-2004; assistant U.S. attorney, Birmingham, 1991-2000;  general counsel, Citizens Federal Savings Bank, Birmingham, 1988-1991; past president, Magic City Bar Association; former executive committee member, Birmingham Bar Association; attorney, alternate defense counsel, Los Angeles, 1984-1988; attorney, Johnson & Johnson Law Firm, Beverly Hills, California, 1979-1984. Civic experience: Past president, Young Men’s Business Club; former board of trustees member, Legal Aid Society of Birmingham; former branch president, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Los Angeles; graduate of Leadership Birmingham, 1987; member, Alabama Association for Justice; member Alabama Lawyers Association; member, Alabama Criminal Defense Association. Education: Howard University School of Law, juris doctorate, 1976; bachelor’s, Howard University, 1973. Top Contributors: The Roy Law Firm, $300; Ronald A. Davison and Kittren J. Walker, $250; Samuel Fisher and The Cooper Law Firm, $200; Julliette Sullivan, $150; Jimmie L. Brown, $100.

Rukeya “Rudy” McAdory McCullough (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 10

Rukeya “Rudy” McAdory McCullough

Age: 35

Residence: Hueytown

Political experience: None. Professional experience: Managerial attorney/owner, The McAdory Firm LLC, 2006-2009 and 2011-present; assistant district attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 2009-2011; contract attorney, YWCA Central Alabama, 2006. Civic experience: Birmingham Museum of Art Junior Patron. Education: Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, juris doctorate, 2005; University of Alabama, bachelor’s of science, 2001;  Fairfield High School, advanced academic diploma 1998. Top contributors: No itemized contributions declared.

Debra Bennett Winston (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 10

Debra Bennett Winston

Age: 64

Residence: Hueytown

Political experience: Currently municipal judge, cities of Midfield and Fairfield. Professional experience: Municipal judge, 11 years; private practice, 25 years; member Alabama League of Municipalities; previously served as a substitute circuit judge in Jefferson County. Civic experience: Grace House, Sickle Cell Foundation, Midfield Chamber of Commerce, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, NAACP. Education: Juris doctorate, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge; Bachelor’s degree, UAB, 1984;. Qualifications: She has served as a municipal judge for 11 years and has owned her own law business.

William A. “Tony” Bell Jr. (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 4

William A. “Tony” Bell Jr.

Date of birth: March 2, 1976; age 40

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Municipal judge, city of Lipscomb 2011-2012; Municipal judge, city of Irondale, 2012-present. Professional experience: Private practice attorney focusing on criminal law, 2007-present; municipal judge, Irondale, 2012-present; municipal prosecutor, city of Lipscomb, 2012-present; municipal prosecutor, Brighton, 2012-present; municipal judge, Lipscomb, 2011-2012; public defender, city of Homewood, 2009-present; public defender, city of Fultondale, 2008-present; professor, Miles College School of Law, 2011; assistant district attorney, Milwaukee County Wisconsin Domestic Violence Unit, 2005-2007, Investment representative, SouthTrust Securities Inc., 1999-2001. Civic experience: Volunteer, Sickle Cell Foundation, 2005-present; executive committee member, Boy Scouts of America Greater Alabama Council, 2015-present; volunteer, Salvation Army, 2014; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; board member, Birmingham History Center, 2011-present; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham, 1999-2000. Education: University of Alabama School of Law, juris doctorate, 2004; University of Alabama, bachelor’s,1998; Ramsay High School Advanced Diploma, 1994. Top contributors: Law Offices of Terrence A. Bradley, $2,000; Michael Choy, $1,000; Robert W. Dozier, $1,000; Johnny Givens Jr., $1,000; United General Contractors Inc., $1,000.

Clotele Hardy “C.H.” Brantley (D)

Jefferson County District Court, Place 4

Clotele Hardy “C.H.” Brantley

Age: 56

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Appointed January 2007-present, senior trial referee, Jefferson County Family Court, Birmingham Division. Unsuccessful race for Jefferson County Family Court, Place 3, 2012

Professional experience: Senior trial referee, Jefferson County Family Court, 2007-present; project coordinator, UAB TASC Another Chance Program, coordinating re-entry services for women upon their release from prison, 2005-2007; general private practice, including appointment as assistant attorney general to prosecute child abuse and neglect cases on behalf of the state, 2002-2005; staff attorney, Legal Aid Society of Birmingham, 2001-2002; private law practice including criminal, family, bankruptcy and probate law, 1999-2001; UAB TASC Program, case manager, 1990-1992; 1994-1995. Civic experience: Recipient, NAACP’s Wonderful Outstanding Women Award, 2015; recipient, Birmingham Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta’s Women of Incredible Influence, 2015; recipient, Black Achievers Award, Attorney of the Year, presented by Oliver Robinson Foundation and Regions Financial Corp., 2014; member, NAACP; board member, Jimmie Hale Mission, 2004; board president, Impact Family Counseling; board member, Shepherd’s Fold Ministries, Alabama Prison Fellowship; member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Education: Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1999; bachelor’s of science, UAB, 1987. Top contributors: The Hon. Darryl N. Bender, $2,000; Kinder Law Firm, $900; Hazzard Law Firm, $550; Hardy Enterprises, LLC, $500; The Earle Law Firm, $500. Qualifications: Brantley has been serving on the bench in Jefferson County Family Court as senior trial referee, where she hears and decides cases involving children and their families.

Ron Crumpton (D)

U.S. Senate

Ron Crumpton

Date of birth: April 6, 1968; age 47

Residence: Pelham

Political experience: Ran for state Senate, 2014. Professional experience: Executive director, Alabama Patients’ Rights Coalition, 2011-present; executive director, Alabama Safe Access Project, 2013-present; executive director, Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition, 2010-2013; legislative liaison, Alabama Compassionate Care, 2009-2010. Civic experience: None. Education: Attended University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009-2013; attended Jefferson State Community College, 2007-2009; graduate of Pelham High School, 1986. Top contributors: Jennifer Marsden, $500; Steve Crunk, $200; Melva Strange Foster, $100; Michael Pruett, $100; James L. Ramirez, $100; Catherine Rotan, $100; Amy Smith, $100; Mary Spears, $100; Rex Tucker, $100; and James Williams, $100.

Charles Nana (D)

U.S. Senate

Charles Nana

Date of birth: April 22, 1965; age 50

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: None. Professional experience: Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, WASALOS Consulting, 1991-present; operational excellence consultant, private sector, 1991-present. Civic experience: Referee, NCAA Soccer, 2009-present. Education: Master’s degree in business administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2001; Catholic University of America, master’s degree in biomedical engineering, 1994; Howard University, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, 1992. Top contributors: No contributions reported.

Roderick “Rod” Evans (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 25

Roderick “Rod” Evans

Date of birth: Aug. 10, 1985; age 30

Residence: Bessemer

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Associate attorney, Paden & Paden P.C., 2010-present; clerk, Davenport, Lavetter & Cleckler P.C., 2009-2010; clerk, 10th Judicial Circuit for Judge Caryl P. Privett, 2009; assistant & volunteer coordinator, Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education Project, 2007-2008. Civic experience: Member, Bessemer Chamber of Commerce board, 2013-present; treasurer, Bessemer Area YMCA board, 2014-present; LECP project assistant/volunteer coordinator, Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education, 2007-2008; member, volunteer, worship leader and small group leader, Mountaintop Community Church, 2009-present; member and speaker  Regional Leadership Institute Inc.

Education: Cumberland School of Law, juris doctorate, 2010; Samford University, bachelor’s in political science, 2007. Top contributors: Paden & Paden P.C., $1,500; Starnes Davis Florie LLP, $1,000; H. Wheeler, $1,000; Robert B. Pace, $500; Patricia Murray, $500

Qualifications: Evans said he believes it is important for people to have a fair chance when they enter the courtroom. He has pursued cases in municipal, probate, district, circuit and appellate state courts and in federal courts and said that experience, along with his work in the community, give him a fresh and dynamic perspective for the bench.

Marcus Bowman (R)

U.S. Senate

Marcus Bowman

Date of birth: Sept. 1, 1973;  age 42

Residence: Daphne

Political experience: Chair, Baldwin County Young Republicans, 2013-2014; executive committee member, Baldwin County Republican Party, 2013-present;

Professional experience: Owner, Flyover Solutions, 2015-2016; account executive, Colonial Life/Reeves Agency, 2013-2014; compliance manager, Standard Furniture Manufacturing, 2012-2013; research director, International Access Corporation, 2004-2012. Civic experience: Chair, Jubilee Kids Triathlon, 2014 and 2015; treasurer, Eastern Shore Triathlon Club, 2013-2015;  vice president/president, Finance Club, Iowa State University, 1995-1997; student president, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, 2003-2005; co-founder/co-chair, Young Professionals in Transportation, 2008-2009. Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance/economics, Iowa State University, 1996; master’s degree in public policy, George Mason University, 2005. Top contributors: Self, credit card expense, $4,108; Brian Kerkelhamer, $750; Robert Bowman, $500; Lindsey Hutto, $250.

Pamela Wilson Cousins (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 5

Pamela Wilson Cousins

Age: 56

Residence: Gardendale

Political experience: Ran for Circuit Court in Bessemer Cutoff, 2010. Professional experience: Private practice, 1993-present; attorney, Reid & Thomas, Anniston, 1992-1993; previously paralegal for L. Dan Turberville  P.C., Maynard, Cooper, Frierson & Gale P.C., and Wiggins & Quinn/Gordon, Silberman, all of Birmingham. Civic experience: Participated in voter registration drives and free legal clinics;  volunteer for Habitat for Humanity; former member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; member, Living Stones Temple Church; volunteer in several Birmingham Bar Association programs, including volunteer lawyers program, mentoring and alternative dispute program for high school students. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1990; Alabama A&M University, master’s in personnel administration, 1984; Tennessee State University, bachelor’s, 1981. Top contributors: Self, loans, $2,410; Della Johnson, $1,576; John Jeffries, $1,500; Cluis Cox, $625; The Larkin Law Firm, $500.

Reginald L. Jeter (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 25

Reginald Jeter

Date of birth: May 30, 1978; age 37

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Trial attorney, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., 2014-present; partner and attorney, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, 2004-2014;  clerk, Jefferson County District’s Attorney Office, Bessemer Division, 2003-2004. Civic experience: Board member, Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, 2013-present; board member, Hoover Chamber of Commerce, 2008-present; junior board member, Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2006-2008; award recipient, Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, 2014; award recipient, “Birmingham’s Finest,” Alabama Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,2012. Education: University of Alabama, juris doctorate, 2004; UAB, M.B.A., 2009; Samford University, bachelor’s, 2001. Top contributors: Self, loan, $4,384.21; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, $2,000; Ifediba Law Group LLC, $1,500. *This information has been corrected from the original version.

John Martin (R)

U.S. Senate

John Martin

Date of birth: Aug. 26, 1956; age 59

Residence: Dothan

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Senior aviation analyst, Booz/Allen/Hamilton, 2015-present; senior training developer, Threat Tec LLC, 2014-2015; learning architect senior professional, Computer Sciences Corporation, 2010-2014; pilot, RQ-7B (Shadow), Aircraft Armament, Inc., 2009-2010; base pilot supervisor, Air Evac Lifeteam, 2008-2009; president/chief executive officer/quality management consultant, QST Industrial Consultants, 2006-2009; training developer/instructor, Ft. Rucker, 1998-2008; instructor pilot/personnel proponent systems manager, U.S. Army, 1974-1996. Civic experience: None

Education: Graduate, Grenada High School, 1974; attended Troy State University, 1984-1987. Top contributors: Self, loan, $5,044.38; Raymond Nix, $500; DeWayne Rittenhouse, $100.

Perryn Suzanne Carroll (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Perryn Carroll

Date of birth: June 24, 1965; age 50

Residence: Mountain Brook

Political experience: Ran for Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, 2014. Professional experience: Clerk, Supreme Court of Alabama, 1990-1991; private practice specializing in civil litigation, 1991-present. Civic experience: Board member and volunteer, Jimmie Hale Mission; board member, Aletheia House; board member, Joint Commission on Homelessness for Jefferson County; member, American Cancer Society Hope Gala Committee; volunteer, Dream Center; volunteer, Samaritan’s Place; volunteer, Central Park Recreation Center; volunteer, Meals on Wheels; teacher, fourth-grade girls’ Bible study at West End Academy; teacher, Neighborhood Academy at the Ensley Recreation Center; member, Faith + Action = Justice. Education: UAB, bachelor’s degree, 1987; Cumberland School of Law, juris doctorate, 1990. Top contributors: Self, loan, $4,381; David H. Marsh, $2,500; Andrew P. Campbell, $2,000; Thomas E. Badley, $2,000; Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, LLC, $2,000; Holt, Mussleman, Morgan & Alvis, Attorneys, $1,500; Shunnarah Injury Lawyers, $1,200.

Tamara Harris Johnson (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Tamara Harris Johnson

Date of birth: No age provided

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Ran for Jefferson County Circuit Civil Court, 2012; ran for U.S. Congress, 7th Congressional District, 2014. Professional experience: Private practice, 2012-present; executive counsel, Fulton County (Georgia) District Attorney, 2011-2012; private practice, 2008 -2011; adjunct professor, Cumberland Law School, 2005-2008; national legal adviser, The Girl Friends Inc., 2005-2007; national legal adviser, Jack & Jill of America Inc., 2006 -2010; city attorney, Birmingham, 2000-2007; Alabama Bar examiner, 2000-2004; associate, Gorham & Waldrep, P.C., 1998-2000; general counsel and executive director of human resources, Birmingham City Schools, 1997-1998; deputy district attorney, Jefferson County, 1990-1997; trial attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1988-1990; deputy city attorney, Los Angeles, 1985-1988; partner, Johnson & Johnson Law Offices, Los Angeles, 1984-1985; law clerk, Department of Water & Power, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, 1982-1984; associate, Patmon & Young, P.C., Detroit, 1981; associate general Counsel, NAGE/IBPO/AFGE, Washington, D.C., 1978-1979; law clerk, Associate Judge William S. Thompson, Superior Court, D.C., 1977-1978. Civic experience: Member, Leadership Birmingham Members’ Council, 2010-2016; member and former officer, The Links, 1978-present; board member, Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation, 2003-2012; master of the bench, Birmingham Inns of Court, 2001-2014; member, The Women’s Network, 2002-2008; board member, the Crisis Center, 1998-2001; graduate, Leadership Alabama, 2000; board member, Legal Services of Metro Birmingham, 1994-1997; volunteer, The Dannon Project, Pathways, YWCA and Literacy Council; member, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Education: Howard University Law School, juris doctorate, 1977; Spelman College, bachelor’s, 1974. Top contributors: Self, loan $8,319, Farris, Riley & Pitt, $500; Paul Gardner, $250; Dr. Ross Gardner, $250.

Yusuf (Jeffery Hood) Olufemi (D)

Circuit Court – 10th Judicial Circuit Bessemer Division, Place 25

Yusuf (Jeffery Hood) Olufemi

Date of birth: August 1952; age 64

Residence: Bessemer

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Owner and founder, The Law Center for Civil and Criminal Justice, 1990-present; U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1992; firm of Newton and May, 1990; U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1988; Birmingham Area Legal Services, 1986-1987. Civic experience: Mentor, Big Brother program; member, St. Peter’s the Apostle Catholic Church; member, NAACP; member, Bessemer Chamber of Commerce; member, National and Local Alabama A&M University Alumni Chapter; member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Education: Miles Law School, juris doctorate summa cum laude, 1988; Alabama A&M, master’s of science; University of Alabama at Huntsville, bachelor’s of science; Alabama A&M University, bachelor’s of science. Top contributors: Nailah Olufemi, $2620; Ronald Meredith, $1,500; Cassandra Kelker, $800; Nailah Olufemi, $620; David Herring, $500; Edward May, $500.

Alaric May (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 26

Alaric May

Date of birth: June 13, 1970; age 45

Residence: Pinson

Political experience: Member, State of Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, 2006-2010 . Professional experience: Private practice since 1996; founding partner of May Law Firm LLC. Civic experience: Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; member, First Ebenezer Baptist Church and its Prison Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry and Children’s Ministry; youth and group adviser, Jefferson County Youth Advisory Council; creator and facilitator of “Know Your Rights, or NO RIGHTS, It’s an Emergency Situation” seminars and workshops. Education: University of Alabama, bachelor’s, 1992; University of Florida, juris doctorate, 1995. Top contributors: Self, loan, $12, 475; Griffin Law Firm, $1,000; Christopher Burrell, $1,000; The Earle Law Firm, $500; Darryl Bender, $500.

Jim Bonner (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 7

Name: Jim Bonner

Date of birth: June 8, 1953; age 62

Residence: Marion County

Political experience: Ran for Alabama House of Representatives District 17, 2014; ran for Alabama Senate District 6, 2010; delegate to RNC for Gingrich, 2012. Professional experience: 30-year classroom teacher. Education: Master’s, University of North Alabama,; bachelor’s, Athens State University. Civic experience: Shriner

Contributors: None reported. Qualifications: Bonner has been an educator in Alabama for 30 years and said he is running a one-issue campaign, “Why Johnny can’t read.” Bonner said he is dedicated to increasing reading levels for children in Alabama.

Shera Craig Grant (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 5

Shera Grant

Age: 38

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Appointed District Court judge, Place 5, on Jan. 8, 2016. Professional experience: District Court Judge, Place 5, January 2016-present; deputy public defender, Jefferson County, 2013-2016; managing attorney, The Grant Firm LLC, 2011-2013; prosecutor promoted  to chief assistant district attorney, DeKalb County, Georgia, 2004-2010; adjunct professor, Alabama State University, 2008-2010; adjunct professor, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, 2007-2009; assistant city solicitor, Atlanta, 2002-2004, assistant solicitor general, Fulton County, Georgia, 2003. Civic experience: Vestavia Hills Board of Education member, 2015-2016; Leadership Vestavia Hills Board of Directors member, 2014-present; Help the Hills Committee member, 2014-present; Rape Crisis facilitator, 2007-2010; Create Your Dreams volunteer facilitator, 2007-2010; The Women’s Network member. Education: Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, juris doctorate, 2002; Alabama State University, bachelor’s in computer information systems, 1999.

Ronnie Dixon (R)

Jefferson County Board of Education Place 1:

Ronnie Dixon

Date of Birth: Jan. 10, 1958; age 58

Residence: Pinson

Political experience: Jefferson County constable 2012 – present; also ran for Jefferson County Commission, 2010 and Jefferson County GOP executive committee, 2010. Professional experience: City manager, city of Clay, 2012-present; Dixon Properties Inc. 1993-present; TSC Inc. 1983-2012; AT&T 1976-1983. Civic experience: Executive director, Clay-Pinson Chamber of Commerce, 2010-present; executive director, Alabama Butterbean Festival, 2010-present; Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission, 1999-2009; Southern Baptist deacon, 1990-present, director Christian Light Foundation 1994-2006. Education: High School graduate, 1976, career certifications from the University of Alabama, Auburn University and the University of North Alabama, 1976-present.

Jonathan McConnell (R)

U.S. Senate

Jonathan McConnell

Date of birth: April 9, 1982; age 33

Residence: Homewood

Political experience: None

Professional experience: President and chief executive officer, Meridian Global Maritime Security Firm, 2009-present; infantry officer, U.S. Marine Corps, 2004-2008. Civic experience: Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner, 2004; charter member, Jesse Andrews Jr. Chapter of the Marine Corps League, 2011-present; member, American Legion, 2013-present; member, ASIS professional security organization, 2013-present; chairman, ASIS International Chapter 117, 2014-2015; member, Infraguard security organization, 2013-2015; member, City of Hope Church, 2013-2015; sponsor, Distinguished Young Women of Mobile County, 2014; sponsor, Halo for Freedom charity, 2014-present; member, Military Officers Association of America, 2015-present; member, Valleydale Baptist Church, 2015-present; founder, Promise of Protection nonprofit, 2015-present; fundraiser, Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2015; member, Brute Krulack Marine Corps League, 2016. Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Auburn University, 2004; juris doctorate, University of Alabama School of Law, 2010. Top contributors: Self, loans, $291,498.02; Meridian Global Consulting, $10,000; Bee Yen Png, $8,100; Winston M. Ashurst II, $8,100; Melissa Ashurst, $7,719. Main issues: If elected, the candidate wants to cut government spending and regulation to secure the American Dream for the next generation and keep the nation safe.

Donna J. Beaulieu (R)

Alabama Supreme Court, Associate Justice Place 3

Name: Donna Beaulieu

Date of birth: April 4, 1968; age 47

Residence: Calera

Political experience: Ran for Shelby County Circuit Judge, 2004. Professional experience: Private practice, 1997-present; legal secretary, Jim Pino & Associates, 1989-1994. Civic experience: Member, BamaCarry, which bills itself as “Alabama’s only ‘No Compromise’ gun rights group.”; member, the National Rifle Association. Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, bachelor’s, 1993; Cumberland School of Law, juris doctorate, 1997. Top contributors: Joannie Taylor, $1,000; Phillip Bahakel, $500.

Donna Pike (R)

Jefferson County Board of Education, Place 1

Donna Pike

Political experience: President pro tem, Irondale City Council; elected in 2012. Professional experience: Transportation specialist, Jefferson County schools, 26 years; Regions Bank, retired. Education: Attended Jefferson State Community College. Main Issue: Pike says on her campaign web site that being an employee of the schools for 26 years gave her insight into the challenges school leaders face, and she vows that, if elected, she would work to improve the schools. Campaign: http://www.votedonnapike.com/

 

Shadrack McGill (R)

U.S. Senate

Shadrack McGill

Date of birth: Nov. 6, 1975;  age 40

Residence: Woodville

Political experience: State senator, 2010-2014. Professional experience: Owner/operator, MC Design, 2010-present; owner/operator H.S.S. Machine and Hydraulics, 2000-2010. Civic experience: None. Education: Attended Northeast Alabama Community College, 1998; graduate of Paint Rock Valley High School, 1994.

Michael Streety (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 26

Michael Streety

Date of birth: April 27, 1970; age 45

Residence: Pinson

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Deputy district attorney (senior trial attorney), Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, 2004-present; state probation/parole officer, Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, 2002-2004; deputy sheriff, Jefferson County, 1996-2002. Civic experience: Veteran, United States Army Reserves; member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; board member, Fit for Life mentorship initiative, 2007 . Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 2002; Miles College, bachelor’s in English, 1994. Top contributors: Self, loan, $12,850; self, in-kind services, $2,399; Bulle LLC, $1,500; The Reville Law Firm, $500; Milner Family LLC, $500; Houser Oil Inc., $500. *This information has been corrected from the original version.

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R)

Public Service Commission President

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

Date of birth: March 10, 1966; age 49

Residence: Montgomery

Political experience: President, Public Service Commission, 2012-present; Place 1 representative, Public Service Commission, 2010-2012; chairman, Alabama Republican Party, 2005-2007; ran for state treasurer, 2002. Professional experience: Co-owner, Cavanaugh Bradley Animal Hospital; co-owner, Conservative Solutions; restaurant owner; deputy chief of staff, Office of Gov. Bob Riley; senior adviser, Office of Governor Bob Riley, 2007. Civic experience: State director, Citizens for a Sound Economy; member, First Baptist Church of Montgomery. Education: Auburn University, bachelor’s degree, 1989; Jefferson Davis High School graduate, 1984. Top contributors: Drummond Company Inc., $50,000; PRIDE PAC II, $30,000; T-TOWN PAC II, $30,000; Alabama ACRE, $10,000; NUCOR PAC, $10,000; Inverness Properties, $10,000.

Aaron L. Dettling (R)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 25

Aaron Dettling

Date of birth: Feb. 15, 1973; age 43

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Solo practitioner at Aaron L. Dettling L.L.C., 2014-present; associate (2002-2005) and partner (2006-2014), Balch & Bingham, L.L.P.; associate, Hand Arendall, L.L.C., 1999-2002; law clerk for U.S. District Judge W. B. Hand of the Southern District of Alabama, 1997-1999 . Civic experience: Member, The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies; member, Auburn University Montgomery Center for Business advisory board, the Center for Corporate Equality Technical Advisory Committee, the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and Faith Presbyterian Church. Education: Washington & Lee University School of Law, juris doctorate, 1997; Vanderbilt University, bachelor’s, 1994; graduate, Escambia Academy, 1990. Top contributors: Self, loan, $4,500; self, donation, $3,400; Infomedia, Inc., $2,500; Charles R. Dettling, $1,000; Harry Risher, $500; American Printing Co., $425.

Rhea Tays Fulmer (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 7

Rhea Tays Fulmer

Date of birth: September, 1957; age 58

Residence: Killen

Political experience: Lauderdale County Commissioner, 2008-2012; lost re-election bid in 2012; volunteer, Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign in Lauderdale County. Professional experience: Owner/photographer, Rhea Fulmer Photography, 1998-2008; account executive, Courier Journal, 2001-2003; Westat, professional field interviewer for current Medicare beneficiary survey; pharmaceutical sales representative, MMD, New York; real estate agent and appraiser, Don Behel Realty & Auction, Killen. Civic experience: Counselor, Shoals Area Citizens for Life, 1985. Education: Alabama Local Government Training Institute Graduate Program, Auburn University Center for Governmental Services, 2010; graduate of Millington Central High School, Millington, Tennessee, 1975; attended Brooks High School, Killen, 1971-1974; Shoals School of Business, Alabama real estate license; Alabama Real Estate Institute, real estate appraisal license. Top contributors: Rhea Tays Fulmer, $650; John Hargett, $360; Shirley Riley $150.

Agnes Chappell (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Place 23

Agnes Chappell

Date of birth: Jan. 28, 1952; age 64

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Ran for District Court judge, 2000, and Circuit Court judge, 2010. Professional experience: Judge, Birmingham Municipal Court, 2002-present; special Circuit Court judge, Jefferson County Family Court, 1999-2002; senior trial referee, Jefferson County Family Court, 1983-2002; private practice, Brown, Chappell and Burrell, 1981-1983; managing attorney/staff attorney, Birmingham Area Legal Services, 1977-1980; officer in the Magic City Bar Association and Alabama Lawyers Judicial Council. Education: University of Alabama School of Law, juris doctorate, 1976; University of Alabama, bachelor’s, 1973. Civic experience: Board member, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, 2008-2014; board member, Momentum Alumni Program, 2011-present; advisory board member, Paul Jones Art Collection; Jefferson County Family Violence Coordinated Response Steering Committee, 2007-present; city of Birmingham Revitalization and Policing Steering Committee, 2010-present; state Statutory Committee for Domestic Violence, 2009-2013; founder and board president, New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church Community Support Corp., 2007-present; board of directors, Bethel Learning Center, 2009-present.

Brendette Brown Green (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 11

Brendette Brown Green

Date of birth: October, 1957; 58

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Ran for House District 58, 2006; Member, executive committee of the Democratic Party. Professional experience: Board member, Women Lawyers Section; Birmingham Municipal Court judge, 2008-present; special circuit Judge, 2004-2006; senior trial referee, 2003-2006. Civic experience: Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Birmingham Park and Recreation Board; American Association of University Women; National Coalition of 100 Black Women; Black Women’s Roundtable; Vulcan Park and Museum Board; member of The Worship Center Christian Church. Education: Judicial College, 2013; Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1998; University of Alabama, bachelor’s of science, 1981. Top Contributors: None reported.

Terry Dunn (R)

Public Service Commission President

Terry Dunn

Date of birth: July 3, 1959; age 56

Residence: Talladega

Political experience: Public Service Commission, 2010-2014; executive member, state Republican Party, 2004-present; presidential delegate, Republican Party, 2004, 2008 and 2012; co-chairman, Etowah County Building Authority, 1992-1994. Professional experience: General contractor, 1991-present. Civic experience: Board co-chairman, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind board of trustees, 2008-present; member, Southside Kiwanis Club, 1994-1997;  award winner, League of Women Voters Transparency in Government Award, 2014. Education: Attended Gadsden State Community College, 1977-1978; graduate, Southside High School, 1977. Top contributors: Self, loans, $56,453.80; Williams S. Daughtery, $200.

Everett W. Wess (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 26

Everett Wess

Date of birth: July 19, 1961; age 54

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Member, Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee; ran for Circuit Judge, Place 3, 2014; member, Jefferson County Citizens Coalition; member, Jefferson County Democratic Conference; member, Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Council; vice president, Jefferson County chapter of the New South Coalition. Professional experience: Criminal defense attorney, 15 years; prosecutor for Midfield, 5 years; appointed special circuit court and district court judge in Jefferson County. Civic experience: Past member, Jefferson County Indigent Defense Board; member M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F&AM of Alabama and Kiwanis Club of Vulcan. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 2000; Alabama A&M University, M.B.A., 1996; Alabama A&M University, bachelor’s in computer science/math, 1985; Selma University, associate’s, 1981. Top contributors: Self, loan, $18,599.68; Bruce L. Gordon, $500; Bobby L. Davis, $500; M. Wayne Wheeler, $500.

Samuel K. Staggs (R)

Jefferson County Board of Education, Place 1

Samuel Staggs

Date of Birth: Dec. 21, 1952; age 63

Residence: Hueytown

Political Experience: None

Professional Experience: Principal, McAdory High School, 2001-2013; principal, North Highland Elementary School, 1997-2001; principal, Brookville Elementary School, 1995-1997; assistant principal, Mortimer Jordan High School, 1992-1995; community school supervisor, McAdory School, 1978; community school supervisor, Hueytown High School, 1975; English instructor, Jefferson State Jr. College, 1987-1992; ACT preparation instructor, UAB Special Studies, 1980-1992; English teacher, McAdory School, 1975-1992. Civic Experience: As an educator, he has served on numerous committees and boards representing the school and the needs of education in general. Education: UAB, Ed.S. educational leadership,1996; UAB, M.A. certification in educational leadership, 1986; UAB; master’s in English, 1980; University of Montevallo; bachelor’s in English, 1975. Qualifications: Staggs has more than over 30 years’ experience in education and has held the position of teacher, school bus driver, assistant principal, drama coach, yearbook sponsor, community school supervisor, curriculum specialist and principal.

Tom Parker (R)

Alabama Supreme Court, Associate Justice Place 3

Tom Parker

Date of birth: Aug. 19, 1951; age 64

Residence: Montgomery

Political experience: Associate justice, Alabama Supreme Court, 2004-present; founding executive director of the Alabama Family Alliance (now the Alabama Policy Institute); founding executive director of the Alabama Family Advocates, associated with Focus on the Family and Dr. James Dobson; lobbied for pro-family issues in the Alabama Legislature. Professional experience: Supreme Court justice, 2004-present; former deputy administrative director of courts, where he served as general counsel for the court system, advising trial court judges; former director of the Alabama Judicial College, which provides training for new judges and continuing legal education for existing judges; former legal adviser to then-Chief Justice Roy Moore; former Alabama assistant attorney general; previously in private practice. Civic experience: Member, Frazer United Methodist Church, Montgomery. Education: Vanderbilt University School of Law; Dartmouth College; won a Rotary International Fellowship for further study of law at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) School of Law.

Carnella Greene-Norman (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Place 23

Carnella Greene-Norman

Date of birth: October 1950; age 65

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Special circuit judge, 2013-present; District Court judge, 2012-present; ran for District Court judge Place 3, 2012; ran for Circuit Court judge Place 23, 2010. Professional experience: President, Municipal Judges Association; District Court judge, 2012-present; private practice, The Norman Law Firm, 2002-2012; Birmingham Municipal Court judge, 1992-2002; Hilliard, Burns and Norman, P.C., 1989-1992; mediator; adjunct law professor, Miles Law School. Civic experience: Co-chair, Membership Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee of REV; committee member, The Women’s Network; member of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Birmingham; officer in the Neighborhood Association and Airport Hills Community; member of Children’s Policy Council; member, Community Education Committee Inns of Court. Education: Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1984; Birmingham Southern college, bachelor’s, 1972; studied at John F. Kennedy School of Government, University of Nevada at Reno and Alabama Judicial College. Top contributors: Waldrep, Stewart & Kendrick LLC, $500; Dukes and Dames, $300; Mary and Katheree Hughes, $250; Melvin Humes, $250; The Larkin Law Firm, P.C., $250.

Linda Hall (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 11

Linda Hall

Date of birth: May, 1959; 57

Residence: Birmingham

Political Experience: None

Professional Experience:  Private practice, 1998-present, legal counselor for Committee to Protect the Homes; volunteer, Birmingham Bar Association Civil and Domestic Relations. Civic Experience: Member, Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church; mentor clerestory, Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church; board member, Epilepsy Foundation; volunteer, Birmingham Museum of Art; former member Homewood Rotary Club and Vulcan Kiwanis. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1992; University of Alabama at Birmingham, bachelor’s of science, 1983. Top Contributors: Robert Edwards, $2,550; Henry Fisher Jr., $500; Albright Rainey, $300; Ralph Sanders, $400; Britney Fisher, $220; Ralph Sanders, $200. *This information has been corrected from the original version.

John Tindle (R)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 25

John Tindle

Date of birth: March 17, 1962; age 53

Residence: Hueytown

Political experience: Ran for District Attorney’s Office, Bessemer Division, 2001. Professional experience: Private law practice, 1990-present; active U.S. Army Reserve 170th Jag Unit, 1988-1991; bailiff with Circuit Criminal Court in Birmingham, 1985-1989; U.S. Military Intelligence, 1980-1984. Civic experience: Member, American Legion; member, board of directors, Alabama Abuse Counseling Center. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1990; UAB, bachelor’s, 1985; University of Maryland, associate’s degree, 1984; attended Alabama School of Law Enforcement Academy, 1987-1989; Oak Grove High School graduate, 1980. Top contributors: Self, loan, $1,500; Iron Workers Local NO 92 P.A.L., $400; Charles Salvagio, $200; Charles R. Miller, $200.

Russ Parker (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Russ Parker

Date of birth: April 1980; age 35

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: Democratic candidate for state Senate, 2006. Professional experience: Private practice, focusing on employment discrimination; taught literature and composition at UAB; registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster and the Alabama Arbitrator Roster; listed on the Panel of Neutrals for the Northern District of Alabama federal court; member, Birmingham Bar Association Bar Bulletin Committee. Civic experience: Volunteer mediator, Jefferson County Mediation Project. Education: Tulane University, master of laws in international and comparative law, 2009; University of Alabama, juris doctorate, 2006; UAB, master’s 2002; Grove City College, bachelor’s, 2001. Top contributors: Self, loans, $1,050; self, donations, $850; Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, $500; Susan Han, $200; Bert and Elizabeth Nettles, $100.

Bob Shores (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 5

Bob Shores

Residence: Homewood

Professional experience:  Private practice, Shores P.C. law firm

Education: Birmingham School of Law

Qualifications: Shores declined to participate in the Voter Guide survey.  

Jeff Newman (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 7

Jeff Newman

Date of Birth:  July 8, 1956; age 59

Residence:  Millport

Political experience: Member, Alabama State Board of Education, 2012-present, currently serving as vice-president of the board; Lamar County superintendent of education, 2008-2012. Professional experience: Lamar County Superintendent of Education, 2008- 2012; career/tech director, federal programs coordinator and principal, Lamar County School System, 2004 -2008; career/tech director and principal, Pickens County School System, 2000 – 2004; assistant high school principal, Gordo High School, 1998 -2000; agribusiness teacher, Pickens County High School, 1980-1998; agribusiness teacher, Walker County High School, 1979-1980. Civic experience: Chairman, Millport Industrial Development Board, 2010-present; Propst Memorial Methodist Church Member, 1956-present; National Rifle Association, Lifetime member. Education: Educational specialist, curriculum/instruction evaluation and administration, NOVA Southeastern University, 2006; master’s in education, administration and supervision, the University of West Alabama, 1996; master’s in education, agribusiness and extension education, Mississippi State University, 1989; bachelor’s of science in education, agribusiness education, Auburn University, 1979; education concentration, Bevill State Community College, Fayette Alabama, 1975 -1977; Graduate, Millport High School, 1974. Top Contributors: ProgressPac, $15,080; Alabama Farmers Federation Political Action Committee, $7,500.

Justin Barkley (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 3

Justin Barkley

Date of Birth: Feb. 23, 1980; age 36

Residence: Homewood

Political experience: Ran for Alabama House of Representatives District 46, 2014; chairman, Greater Birmingham Young Republicans Associate Board; member, Alabama Policy Institute Executive Committee. Professional experience: Chief administrative officer & general counsel, QCHC Inc., 2014-present; attorney, Spain & Gillon LLC, 2014; attorney, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP, 2005-2014. Civic experience: Member, Riverchase United Methodist Church. Education: University of Alabama School of Law, juris doctorate, 2005; Harvard University, bachelor’s, 2002; Hoover High School graduate, 1998.

Stephanie Bell (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 3

Stephanie Bell

Date of birth: June 7, 1957; age 58

Residence: Montgomery

Political Experience: Alabama State Board of Education, District 3: 1995-present. Professional Experience:  Has served on the Education Commission of the States, National Association of State Boards of Education and Alabama’s Teacher Preparation Advisory Council; charter member of the Education Leaders Council. Civic Experience: Served on Family Guidance Center Board of Directors and the Governor’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council; numerous other civic activities include visiting schools throughout her district. Education: Auburn University, bachelor’s in English, 1980; Jefferson Davis High School graduate, 1975. Top Contributors: Telpac, $2,500; Dean Johnson, $1,000; Eagle Forum Pac, $500.

Richard C. Shelby (R)

U.S. Senate

Richard C. Shelby

Date of birth: May 6, 1934; age 81

Residence: Tuscaloosa

Political experience: U.S. Senator, 1987-present; U.S representative, 1979-1987; state senator, 1970-1978. Professional experience: Attorney, 1963-1978; special assistant attorney general, state of Alabama, 1969-1971; prosecutor, city of Tuscaloosa, 1963-1971; U.S. magistrate, Northern District of Alabama, 1966-1970. Civic experience: Has served in Congress since 1978. Education: Law degree, University of Alabama School of Law, 1963; bachelor’s degree, University of Alabama, 1957; graduate of Hueytown High School, 1953. Top contributors: Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. PAC, $11,000; Allstate Insurance Company PAC, $10,000; Capital Group Companies Inc. PAC, $10,000; CME Group Inc. PAC, $10,000; CFSA PAC, $10,000; Common Values PAC, $10,000; CULAC Credit Union National Association, $10,000; Denali Leadership PAC, $10,000; Employees of Northrop Grumman Corp PAC, $10,000; Federal Express PAC, $10,000; FNB Corporation PAC, $10,000; General Electric Company PAC, $10,000; Gold Sachs Group Inc. PAC, $10,000; Harris Corporation PAC, $10,000; Heartland Values PAC, $10,000; ICI PAC Investment Company Inst., $10,000; Independent Community Bankers PAC, $10,000; JPMorgan Chase & Co.