By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter
State Sen. Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, who qualified Friday for the Republican gubernatorial primary, has withdrawn from the race.
Blackwell, a wealthy Birmingham businessman who has represented Alabama’s Senate District 15, withdrew from the race Monday just days after his last-minute qualification, the Alabama Political Reporter has confirmed. His name has been removed from the ALGOP’s list of qualified candidates.
Sources close to Blackwell say the Birmingham-area senator was upset about Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Correction’s plans to close a work release center in Childersburg. Childersburg, which is in Blackwell’s district, and several cities nearby benefit from the center’s 150 inmates that provide low-cost labor to areas Shelby and Talladega Counties.