Associate Justice Tom Parker is leading the campaign-contribution contest as he seeks to defeat Chief Justice Lyn Stuart in the Republican nomination for chief justice of Alabama, according to reports filed this week with the Secretary of State’s office.
Parker, who was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2004 and 2010, has raised $210,750. Stuart, who has served on the court since 2001 and was appointed chief justice last year after the ouster of Roy Moore, reported contributions of $130,000.
The main source of money for the Parker campaign was Progress for Justice PAC, which contributed $200,000 last month.
The Montgomery-based committee gave $100,000 on March 5 and $100,000 on March 29, according to its report to the secretary of state.
Progress for Justice PAC, registered in 2016, is made up mostly of trial lawyers. Its web site says it seeks to ensure “that every person or business harmed or injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can hold wrongdoers accountable” in the courts.
Stuart, who previously was a district and circuit court judge, was elected to the Supreme Court in 2000, 2006 and 2012.
Her largest source of money was Comp PAC, which gave $35,000. The PAC describes itself as a conservative, pro-business group that seeks to strengthen worker compensation laws.
The Republican primary will be June 5.
There is no Democratic primary. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Robert S. Vance Jr., who ran unsuccessfully for chief justice in 2012, is unopposed for the nomination.
He reported having raised about $61,000 for the race, most of it coming in smaller individual contributions and donations to his own campaign.