By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Today, Dr. Stan Cooke, from Birmingham will officially announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Alabama Lieutenant Governor. Dr. Cooke has served for years as an administrator, pastor, and Instructor. The official announcement will be on Tuesday, August 20th on the Capital steps.
Dr. Cooke will be challenging incumbent Lt. Governor Kay Ivey in the Republican Primary. Ivey has already announced her candidacy for re-election. The Republican Primary will be in June 2014. Cooke said that his campaign will, “Focus on economic development, real education reform, illegal immigration, faith and family values, states’ rights, and the fight against Obamacare.”
Dr. Cooke previously ran for Congress from the Sixth District against incumbent Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) in 2010. Cooke received 24 percent of the Republican vote despite being outspent by ten to one. Redistricting and reapportionment in 2012 meant that his boyhood home in Walker County and Jasper would be in a different district (the Fourth) than his current residence in Jefferson County. So, he explored the possibility of running for Congress again in 2012, but ultimately chose to drop out of a very crowded field of challengers.
Dr Cooke is married to Linda Michelle Cooke, has 2 daughters, is a graduate of Dora High School, and has degrees from UAB, Alabama, and Lee University.