State Sen. Hank Sanders, the longest serving senator, will not seek re-election

February 13, 2018

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, is leaving the Alabama Senate after serving 9 terms in the upper chamber.

Sanders, who had qualified to run, made the decision last-minute through a press release saying “Some times it is time.”

“I had thought that I would run to serve one more term in the Alabama State Senate, and I qualified to run in January,” Sanders said. “However, when I took off 24 hours for our 48th wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago, I began to realize what a heavy load I carry.”

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Troy King qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Attorney General Troy King qualified for a return trip to Montgomery for a second term as Alabama’s attorney general on Thursday.

King qualified in his hometown of Elba, Alabama. King signed his qualification papers in front of  crowd of approximately 100 supporters.

Referring to the culture of corruption that has clouded state government recently, King said that, “The last eight years have been filled with politicians putting their own interests ahead of ours. We watched as politicians passed a new ethics law which they thought nobody would notice when they turned around and broke it.”

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Alice Martin qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin formally qualified as a Republican for the office of Alabama attorney general.

“Earlier today I filed paperwork officially adding my name to the ballot!,” Martin announced in a statement. “It’s important that as many Alabamians as possible see this news and hear our winning message.”

President George W. Bush appointed Martin as a U.S. Attorney.  In her time as U.S. Attorney the U.S. Attorney’s office made a special effort to prosecute the rampant political corruption in Alabama.

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Hobson formally qualifies to run for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District

January 30, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, attorney Rich Hobson officially qualified as a Republican candidate for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District.

“It is imperative that we reorient our thinking away from a bloated federal government that overreaches into every area of our lives,” Hobson said.

Hobson is a longtime Roy Moore aide and most recently served as Moore’s campaign manager for U.S. Senate.

“Since announcing my plans to run for Congress almost a month ago, I have traveled throughout Alabama’s Second District, listening to the needs and concerns of its residents,” Hobson said. “Over and over, I heard folks echo the same concerns that prompted me to get into this race. I believe that our nation is at a crucial point in our history, and we are in desperate need of strong leadership to preserve a safe, prosperous, and moral America for our children and grandchildren.”

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Democrats qualify for state Senate

January 30, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, nine Democrats have qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party for the 35 seats in the Alabama State Senate.

For 135 years, the Alabama Democratic Party dominated the Alabama state Senate. That all came to an end in 2010 when Senator Del Marsh, R-Anniston, and then Alabama Republican Party Chairman State Representative Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, powered by the Tea Party, corruption, scandals and dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s administration led a Republican wave election that not only won Republicans control of the Senate, they won an incredible filibuster proof super majority.

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Qualifying has been slow for state Senate races  

January 29, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only two weeks left in candidate qualifying and there are not a lot of qualified Republican Primary candidates at this point.

Four years ago, Mike Hubbard and his perceived corrupting influence on the Republican Party had a polarizing effect that drew many challengers.  The Alabama Education Association was also funding a lot of those insurgent campaigns.  Most of the challengers failed; but there were competitive GOP primary races all over the state.  This time around, at this point, there are only seven races out of 35 seats where there are two or more qualified GOP candidates and in only two of those are the incumbents facing actual primary challengers.

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Sonny Steen qualifies officially for judgeship in Etowah County

January 23, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney Sonny Steen officially qualified Monday for the office of Circuit Judge, Place 3, in Etowah County, as a Republican.

“I look forward to continue campaigning across the county over the coming months,” Steen said. “It is my desire to meet and talk with as many citizens as possible so that I can earn their support and vote.”

Steen said that he believes that he has the right experience to effectively serve as Circuit Judge for Place 3.

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Athens State Rep. Danny Crawford qualifies to run for re-election

January 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, incumbent state Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens, qualified to run for a full term in the Alabama House of Representatives.

“I’m excited to officially kick-off my campaign,” Crawford said. “It’s been an honor to represent the residents of House District 5 these last two years, but there’s more work to be done. I’m looking forward to introducing bills that will make a difference in the lives of people — both in my region and around the state.”

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Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh qualifies to run for lieutenant governor

January 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 8, 2018 Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) has officially qualified with the Alabama Republican Party to run for Lieutenant Governor in the 2018 Republican Primary.

“It is important for our state to have a strong conservative fighting for us and providing leadership in the Lieutenant Governor’s office,” President Cavanaugh said in a statement. “Alabama needs to see conservative solutions when it comes to jobs, the economy, infrastructure and rural broadband, education, eliminating government waste, and much more. It is time for Alabama to take charge of its own education system and produce a top-notch, trained workforce. With education as a priority, we will grow existing businesses and expand industrial recruitment. I look forward to continuing to lead on job creation in the Lt. Governor’s office.”

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Rex Reynolds running in House District 21

October 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Police Chief Rex Reynolds announced that he is a candidate for the Alabama House of Representative District 21 seat in the Special Election as a Republican.

“Our District is unique, covering farms and neighborhoods to the north, though a thriving downtown district, and in to Southeast Huntsville”, Reynolds said.  “I feel I have the unique skill set to serve all of District 21, given my childhood home place, my schools, my service to the city, running a small business, and farming.”

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