Category: 2022 Elections

Blalock to Challenge Rafferty for Birmingham House Seat

Brit Blalock, a community organizer and Orange Beach native, has announced that she will challenge state Rep. Neil Rafferty, D-Birmingham, for the Democratic nomination for House District 54. But the leader of House Democrats says they’ll firmly back the incumbent.

Blalock said in a campaign ad that her experience fighting for progressive causes makes her the right voice to represent the Birmingham district.

“When I saw my LGBTQ community’s isolation, I built organizations to foster belonging,” Blalock said. “When reproductive freedom was threatened, I created a coalition to fight back. When I heard the cries for racial justice fall on deaf ears, I took to the streets. When I found out that women only hold 15% of our legislative seats, I rolled up my sleeves to help women candidates win.

The race pits Blalock, who identifies as non-binary, against Rafferty, the only openly gay member in the Legislature. Read more.

Stan Cooke Running for State Auditor

MONTGOMERY — Republican Stan Cooke, a pastor from Kimberly, announced his campaign for state auditor Wednesday. Current Auditor Jim Zeigler is term limited and cannot run for reelection. Cooke said in a statement that his conservative Christian background makes him an ideal candidate to be auditor. Read more.

“No Step Too High for a High-Stepper”: Gov. Kay Ivey Says She’s Running for Another Term

For those who wondered whether the oldest sitting governor in the United States would seek four more years in office, Kay Ivey has provided her answer.

Ivey announced Wednesday that she will seek a second full term in the 2022 gubernatorial election.

In a video announcement, Ivey touted the accomplishments of her administration since 2017, with a handful of her famous homespun expressions thrown in for good measure, including one of her most famous lines, “There’s no step too high for a high-stepper.”

In scenes filled with sweeping vistas and familiar Alabama sights that are staples of many a campaign ad, she described Alabama as a place “where a red dirt road can take you anywhere, and the sky is never the limit.” Read more.

Orr Not Running for Congress, Seeks to Stay in State House

State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, will seek a fifth term in the Alabama Legislature next year. The Morgan County native had considered a run for Congress in Alabama’s 5th District, the north Alabama seat Mo Brooks is leaving to run for the U.S. Senate.

Orr said he had potential donors and supporters discuss a congressional bid with him.

“I think with the current field of candidates, the race is wide open, but the Lord is just not calling me to do that at this time in my life,” Orr, 57, said. “It was an easy decision.” Read more.

$5 Million Loan Fuels Candidates Race for the US Senate

Lynda Blanchard, a Montgomery business executive who served as U.S. ambassador to Slovenia during the administration of former President Donald Trump, has begun her race to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Alabama in 2022 by borrowing $5.11 million for her campaign.

Blanchard, 61, co-founder of real estate investment management company B&M Management, has loaned $110,000 to the campaign, which has also borrowed $5 million from Servis 1st Bank of Birmingham, according to the report she filed with the Federal Elections Commission for the first three months of this year.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville, the only other candidate to file with the FEC for the May 24, 2022, GOP primary for the seat being vacated by Sen. Richard Shelby, declared contributions of $274,152 during the period. A number of others are expected to join the field. Read more.

Wes Allen Announces Run for Secretary of State

MONTGOMERY — A Republican state lawmaker and former probate judge from Troy wants to be Alabama’s top election official. State Rep. Wes Allen announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for secretary of state on Thursday. He has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2018 and before that as Pike County Probate Judge for nearly a decade. Read more.