Category: 2018 Elections
Four Democratic candidates for Alabama governor gathered at the Birmingham Crossplex Monday night for a forum mostly focused on economic issues facing the state.
Sue Bell Cobb, James Fields, Walt Maddox and Anthony White each discussed their stances on a potential lottery, infrastructure funding and minimum wage, among other issues. Christopher A. Countryman and Doug “New Blue” Smith, who also qualified to run for governor as Democrats, did not attend the forum.
The forum, sponsored by the podcast “Not Necessarily Political with James Williams and Lonnie Malone” and moderated by former Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot, didn’t showcase much disagreement among its four participants. Instead, the candidates spent most of their time highlighting their backgrounds and qualifications. If there were any disagreements, they stemmed largely from the finer points of the candidates’ platforms. Read more.
Eleven people have lined up to run for governor this year.
Among the candidates are some of the state’s best-known names, including the governor herself, and some that are more obscure.
With a lineup like that in politics, as the adage goes for another great American spectator sport, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard.
So let’s take a quick look at just who are all of these people who soon will be stalking you on social media, via email, with flyers and on your TV screens asking for your vote.
After filing papers at the last minute to run for the governor’s office, Sen. Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook dropped out of the race Monday. “Senator Slade Blackwell withdrew his candidacy for the position of governor today,” Katie E. Lansford, director of communications and marketing for the Alabama Republican Party, said in an email to BirminghamWatch.
JEFFERSON COUNTY JUDICIAL RACES DISTRICT ATTORNEY Republicans Mike Anderton Incumbent Bill Veitch Former district attorney Democrats Danny Carr Assistant district attorney Raymond L. Johnson Jr. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, 10TH CIRCUIT PLACE 1 Democrats Joseph Boohaker Incumbent; presiding judge, civil division PLACE 5 Democrats David Carpenter Incumbent PLACE 6 Democrats Donald
JEFFERSON COUNTY RACES JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 Democrats George F. Bowman Sr. Incumbent Eric Major Executive director, Alabama Minority Health Institute Gary Richardson, Midfield mayor Lashunda Scales Birmingham City Councilor, District 1 DISTRICT 2 Democrats Richard A. Dickerson Sandra Little-Brown Incumbent Steve Small Jr. Former Jefferson County commissioner Sheila Tyson Birmingham City
The Democratic Party is having a surge in interest from candidates this year, particularly for seats in the Legislature.
As the deadline for candidates to qualify for races on the 2018 ballot passed Friday, Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley reported a big turnout of qualifying candidates. “We had a very strong group of people qualify for federal and state seats,” she said.
She said county chairmen also reported strong results.
“We are going to see a very interesting primary with a strong field of nominees,” she said.
Worley said Doug Jones’ win in the race for U.S. Senate in December probably energized Democratic candidates to run this year.
“We’ve got a lot of strong active women running, a lot of young people running, and a lot who haven’t ever run before,” Worley said.
In fact, the party has seen a 45 percent jump in candidates qualifying to run for the state House of Representatives compared to the 2014 election. That year, the Democrats fielded 80 candidates in 62 House races. This year, it has 116 candidates in 75 races. In the Senate, the Democrats ran 28 candidates in 2014, compared to 31 this year.
The party has seen similar growth at the top of the ticket. In 2014, it had two candidates for governor and one each for attorney general, commissioner of agriculture and industries, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and auditor.
This year, it has six candidates running for governor alone. Another two are running for attorney general, two for secretary of state and one for auditor. Read more.
Officials with the party said the increase in Democratic candidates might have been inspired by Doug Jones’ victory in his race for the U.S. Senate in December. The party has signed up 116 candidates who want to run for 75 House seats, compared with 80 candidates in 2014. The party has seen increases in other races as well, though most of them are not as drastic.
Jefferson County Judge Robert Vance Jr. has qualified to run for chief justice of Alabama on the Democratic ticket. He has no competition from his party, but he will face either Republican Tom Parker, a justice on the Supreme Court, or Lyn Stuart, who was appointed chief justice in 2016. Parker and Stuart meet in the Republican primary in June. Vance ran for chief justice before, in 2012, but lost to Roy Moore, who later resigned from office after being suspended.