Qualified statewide candidates

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A host of candidates have qualified for the state’s constitutional offices.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Gov. Robert Bentley resigned.

Ivey faces a number of Republican primary opponents. Evangelist Scott Dawson, state Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have all qualified for the Republican primary.

A number of Democrats have also qualified for governor. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, former State Representative James Fields, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Anthony White have all qualified for the Democratic primary.

Dr. Will Boyd has qualified as a Democrat for lieutenant governor.

State Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and State Senator Rusty Glover have all qualified in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.

Attorney General Steve Marshall has qualified to run for his own term as attorney general. Trump Alabama campaign manager Chess Bedsole and former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin are challenging Marshall in the Republican primary.  Former AG Troy King has announced that he will formally qualify today.

Chris Christie has qualified as a Democrat for Alabama attorney general.

Lula Albert and Heather Milam have qualified in the Democratic primary for secretary of state.

Incumbent Secretary of State John Merrill has qualified for re-election. He faces a Republican primary challenge from Michael Johnson.

Incumbent State Auditor Jim Zeigler has recently announced that he is seeking another term as auditor; but as of press time has not formally qualified. Dr. Stan Cooke and Elliot Lipinsky have both qualified in the Republican primary for state auditor.

Miranda Joseph has qualified as a Democrat for state auditor.

For Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, state Senator Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, has qualified in the Republican primary. Cecil Murphy and Rick Pate are also running as Republicans. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

In the race for state treasurer, David L. Black, Stephen D Evans and Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (R) have all formally qualified in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Public Service Commissioner Place 1, incumbent Jeremy H. Oden has qualified for re-election. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Public Service Commissioner Place 2, incumbent Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. has qualified for re-election. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, appointed Chief Justice Lyn Stuart is facing a challenge from Associate Justice Tom Parker. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Supreme Court Place 1, Circuit Judge Debra Jones, appointed Justice Brad Mendheim and Circuit Judge Sarah Hicks Stewart have all qualified in the Republican party. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Supreme Court Place 2, Associate Justice Tommy Bryan is seeking re-election. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Supreme Court Place 3, appointed Associate Justice Will Sellers is seeking his own term on the court. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Supreme Court Place 4, Jay Mitchell has qualified in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 1, Christy Olinger Edwards, Pat Thetford and Michelle Manley Thomason have all qualified in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 2, Terri Willingham Thomas has qualified in the Republican primary.  There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 3, Terry A. Moore has qualified in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Place 1, St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor and Riggs Walker are competing in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2, Rich Anderson, Liles Burke and Chris McCool are competing in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3, Donna Beaulieu and Bill Cole are competing in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

Major party qualifying ends on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

The major party primaries are on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Qualified statewide candidates

by Brandon Moseley Read Time: 3 min
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