2018 Election

Democrat Vance Tops GOP Candidate Parker in Race for Chief Justice

Democrat Robert Vance raised more than twice as much campaign cash as Republican Tom Parker in September and maintains a significant financial advantage as the race for chief justice of Alabama enters its final month.

Vance, a Circuit Court judge in Birmingham, collected $165,425 in itemized cash contributions last month, raising his total for the campaign to $810,547, he reported this week to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.

Parker, a member of the Alabama Supreme Court who is seeking to move into the chief justice’s chair, reported contributions of $65,200 in September. His total since the campaign began last year is $591,877.

The vast majority of Parker’s money – $500,000 – has come from Progress for Justice PAC, a Montgomery-based committee funded mainly by large firms of trial lawyers.

Vance’s biggest single contributor has been Warren Lazarow of Hillsborough, California, at $15,000.

Vance reported a cash balance of $550,453, compared to $181,999 reported by Parker.

Following are contributors of $5,000 and more to candidates for chief justice.

Tom Parker


Tom Parker


Progress for Justice PAC, Montgomery.


David H. Marsh, Birmingham; Southeast Wood Treating Ltd., Montgomery.


Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, Birmingham.


Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt PAC, Birmingham.


Farm PAC, Montgomery.


EDPAC, Montgomery.


BIPAC, Montgomery; BIZPAC, Montgomery; CMG PAC II, Tuscaloosa; FAXPAC, Montgomery; FGAPAC, Montgomery; IMPAC, Montgomery; LEGPAC, Montgomery; MAXPAC, Montgomery, Pride PAC II, Tuscaloosa; Prince, Glover & Haynes PC, Tuscaloosa; SAVEPAC, Montgomery.


Robert Vance

Judge Bob Vance.
(Source: Thomas B. Diasio)


Warren Lazarow, Hillsborough, California.


Alabama Realtors PAC, Montgomery; Heninger Garrison Davis LLC, Birmingham; J.T. Stephens, Birmingham; McWane Inc., Birmingham.


David L. and Susan T. Silverstein, Birmingham.


Farris, Riley & Pitt, attorneys at law, Birmingham.


Burr & Foreman, LLP, Birmingham; Dennis G. & Elizabeth B. Pantazis, Birmigham; Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, Birmingham; IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund, Washington, D.C.; Jay Grinney, Birmingham; Kathy Patrick, Houston, Texas; Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC, Birmingham; Lisa R. & Alan Z. Engel, Birmingham; Marsh, Rickard & Bryan PC, Birmingham; Petway & French LLP, Birmingham; Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher, Goldfarb LLC, Birmingham.