Who’s running for the U.S. Senate?

Special primary elections, Aug. 15


James Paul Beretta, Indian Springs; physician.

Joseph F. Breault, 

Randolph “Randy” Brinson, Montgomery; gastroenterologist; chairman of the Christian Coalition of Alabama; founder of Redeem the Vote, aimed at recruiting faith-based voters. Born: 1957.

Morris J. “Mo” Brooks Jr., Huntsville; member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, representing the 5th Congressional District in the Tennessee Valley area; member of the Alabama House of Representatives, 1982-1991; Madison County district attorney, 1991-1992; member of Madison County Commission, 1996-2011. Born: April 29, 1954.

Mary Maxwell, Montgomery; ran unsuccessfully for Congress in New Hampshire, 2006; former president, Australian Institute for International Affairs. Age: 70.

Roy S. Moore, Montgomery; circuit judge in Etowah County, 1992-2000; elected chief justice of Alabama in 2001 and ousted in 2003 for refusing to remove Ten Commandments monument from state judicial building; elected chief justice in 2013 and suspended earlier this year, then resigned; unsuccessful race for Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2010. Born: Feb. 11, 1947.

Bryan Peeples, Birmingham; territory manager, Heartland Payments Systems; president and CEO, Peeples Consulting.

Lee “Trip” Pittman, Montrose; owner, Pittman Tractor Co.; member of Alabama Senate since 2007. Born: 1960.

Luther J. Strange, Birmingham; U.S. senator since being appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley on Feb. 19 to succeed Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. attorney general; elected Alabama attorney general in 2010 and 2014. Born: March 1, 1953.


Will Boyd, Florence; minister; ran for 5th District congressional seat, 2016; chairman, Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee; former city councilman, Greenville, Ill.; formerly worked in private business. Age: 46.

Vann Caldwell, Talladega; Talladega County constable; unsuccessfully ran for Talladega mayor in 2015.

Jason Fisher, Orange Beach; vice president and senior consultant, Ruffalo Noel Levitz direct-marketing company. Age: 45.

Michael Hansen, Jefferson County; executive director of Gasp, an environmental advocacy group with interests on health issues and air pollution. Age: 35.

Douglas “Doug” Jones,Birmingham; lawyer; U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, 1997-2001, leading successful prosecutions of two former Ku Klux Klansmen in Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing; formerly staff counsel to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Sen. Howell Heflin; assistant U.S. attorney, 1980-1984. Date of birth: May 4, 1954.?

Robert Kennedy Jr., Mobile.

Nana Tchienkou, Jefferson County.

(These are candidates who filed declaration of candidacy with party chairs.)

Not Running  

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R)

State Sen. Roger Bedford Jr. (D)

Elaine Beech, Chatom. (D)

State Sen. Slade Blackwell (R)

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R)

Former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D)

Ronald Steven “Ron” Crumpton, Pelham. (D)

State Rep. Chris England (D)

Craig Ford (D)

Dominic “Dom” Gentile,  (R), dropped out of the race.

State Rep. Ed Henry (R)

Bill Hightower, Mobile.  (R)

Perry O. Hooper Jr., Montgomery. (R)

Mary Scott Hunter, Huntsville. (R)

Tim James, Greenville.  (R)

Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa (D)

Julie P. Magee, Montgomery.  (R)

State Sen. Adelbert C. “Del” Marsh (R)

Johnathan McConnell, Birmingham (R)

Brian McGee, Lee County, (D)

Glenn Murdock, Birmingham (R)

State Sen. Arthur W. Orr, Decatur (R)

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R)

State Rep. William S. “Bill” Poole III

James W. “Jimmy” Rane (R)

State Sen. Greg Reed (R)

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R)

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R)

State Rep. Connie Rowe (R)

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D)

State Sen. Cam Ward (R)

State Sen. Phillip W. “Phil” Williams (R)

(These names were mentioned as possible candidates but did not file May 17.) 

Karen Haiden Jackson (R)

(She filed to run but was rejected by the Republican Party)

2017 Senate special-election calendar

May 17: Deadline for candidates to file declaration of candidacy with party chairs.

May 25: Deadline for party chairs to certify names of primary candidates.

July 31: Last day to register to vote in primary.

Aug. 10: Last day to apply for absentee ballot.

Aug. 14: Last day to hand-deliver or postmark absentee ballots.

Aug. 15: Democratic and Republican primary elections.

Sept. 11: Last day to register to vote in primary runoff

Sept. 21: Last day to apply for absentee ballot

Sept. 25: Last day to hand-deliver or postmark absentee ballots.

Sept. 26: Democratic and Republican primary runoffs, if necessary.

Nov. 27: Last day to register to vote in general election

Dec. 7: Last day to apply for absentee ballot

Dec. 11: Last day to hand-deliver or postmark absentee ballots.

Dec. 12: General election.