By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Alabama State Senator Cam Ward (R) from Alabaster, was one of several legislators who have officially endorsed Chief Justice Chuck Malone in his reelection effort in the March 13 Republican primary.
Senator Cam Ward said in a written statement, “As co-chair of the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee, I have worked closely with Chief Justice Malone on a number of court-related issues and I have been extremely impressed with his knowledge, dedication, and passion for Alabama’s judicial system.” “We have never had this level of transparency in budgeting in the third branch of government and the taxpayers of Alabama deserve to continue to reap the benefits of that kind of leadership on the bench.”
Alabama State Representative Mike Hill (R) from Columbiana also endorsed Chief Justice Malone. Rep. Hill said, “Chief Justice Chuck Malone is a devoted public servant who is committed to ensuring that every Alabamian has access to a fair and efficient court system. These are very tough budgetary times and he is working very hard to cut wasteful spending without sacrificing justice.” “They are all great candidates but Chief Justice Malone is the only candidate with a solid plan for these dire economic times. He is doing a great job and he will continue to do a great job for the next six years.”
Rep. Hill said, “Chuck Malone was a practicing attorney for more than 20 years with experience in criminal and civil court. He served as a Circuit Judge for ten years and his peers elected him twice as Presiding Judge.” “His legal experience combined with his administrative experience as Chief of Staff for Governor Bentley and as the sitting Chief Justice make him the best choice on election day.”
Chief Justice Malone was also endorsed by Senator Gerald Allen (R) from Tuscaloosa, Representative Richard Baughn (R) from Lynn, Representative Alan Harper (R) from Aliceville, Representative John Merrill (R) from Tuscaloosa), Representative Bill Poole (R) from Northport, and Senator Greg Reed (R) from Jasper on Friday.
Senator Allen said, “Chuck Malone is an outstanding Chief Justice. He has brought transparency and fiscally conservative budgeting principles back to the court system.” “That is exactly the type of quality, conservative leadership that the people of Alabama deserve. He is a hardworking, honest man who spends every day trying to do what is right for our state.”
Representative Richard Baughn said, “Everyone you speak to that has a role in the court system is very impressed with the job Chuck Malone is doing. When I talk to people who are working in the court system every day, the people in the trenches, they can’t say enough about the tremendous improvements Chief Justice Malone has made since he took over as the head of the courts.” “There are still a lot of challenges facing our judicial system and I am confident Chuck Malone is the man to face any challenge that arises.”
Representative Alan Harper said, “This is a man who leads by example. Chuck Malone knew cuts had to be made in the court system and wasteful spending had to be eliminated.” “He could have made everyone else suffer through cuts, but he didn’t. He looked at his office first and cut wasteful spending in the office of the Chief Justice before he looked to make cuts elsewhere. That’s true leadership.”
Representative John Merrill said, “I have known Chuck Malone for a very long time and he is one of the most ethical men I have ever known,” Merrill said. “He is always committed to doing the right thing and to upholding the law, not making it from the bench. He is a great man, great father, and an outstanding Chief Justice and that is why I will be casting my vote for Chuck Malone on March 13.”
Rep. Bill Poole said, “Chuck Malone served the people of Tuscaloosa County as a Circuit Judge for a decade and he was always known as a fair, but tough, judge,” Poole said. “He has brought that wealth of experience to his role as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and he is doing an outstanding job in that position. There is no better person to serve as the head of the Alabama Unified Judicial System than Chuck Malone. He is one of the most dedicated, ethical, hardworking men I have ever known and the people of my district and of Alabama will be served well by having him continue as Chief Justice for the next six years.”
Senator Greg Reed said, “Chief Justice Malone is doing a great job in managing our court budgets,” Reed said. “Our state leaders are dealing with lower budgets and he has proven he will continue to do a great job dealing with these issues as the head of Alabama’s judicial system.”
Incumbent Chief Justice Chuck Malone is opposed in the March 13th Republican primary by former Chief Justice Roy Moore and by presiding Mobile County Judge Charlie Graddick. The winner of the Republican Primary will face perennial candidate Pelham Attorney Harry Lyons in the November 6th General Election.
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