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Republicans Running for Alabama House

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only hours left to qualify for office in Alabama.  The Alabama House of Representatives has been firmly in Republican control since the 2010 election.  Alabama Republicans are hopeful that they can hold on to their super-majority, while Democrats hope that voters will return them to the majority in 2010.

Here is a rundown by district of who has qualified as Republicans at this point according to ALGOP’s website.  Candidates with an (i) behind their name are incumbents.

In District 1 Phillip Pettus and Sterling (Josh) Statom have qualified for the seat currently held by Greg Burdine (D)

In District 2 Lynn Greer (i) has qualified for reelection.

In District 3 Fred Joly is running for the seat currently held by Marcel Black (D)

In District 4 Micky Hammon (i) is running for re-election

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In District 5 Dan Williams (i) is facing challenger Bobby Jackson

In District 6 Phil Williams (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 7 Ken Johnson (i) has qualified for re-election

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In District 8 Terri Collins (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 9 Ed Henry (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 10 Mike Ball (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 11 Randall Shedd (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 12 Mac Buttram (i) faces challenges from Corey Harbison and Roy Jackson

In District 13 Bill Roberts (i) faces challenger Connie Cooner Rowe

In District 14 Richard Baughn (i) faces challenger Tim Wadsworth

In District 15 Allen Farley (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 16 Kyle South and Bobby Humphryes are running for the seat currently held by Daniel Boman (D)

In District 17 Mike Millican (i) faces a challenge from Jim Bonner

In District 18 Gerry Wallace is running for the seat currently held by Johnny Mack Morrow (D)

In District 19 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Laura Hall (D)

In District 20 Howard Sanderford (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 21 Jim Patterson (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 22 Wayne Johnson (i) faces a challenge from Ritchie Whorton

In District 23 James T. (Tommy) Hanes, Jr. is running for the seat currently held by John Robinson (D)

In District 24 Nathaniel Ledbetter and Billy Hodges are running.  Incumbent Todd Greeson (R) is running for the Alabama Senate

In District 25 Mac McCutcheon (i) is running for another term.

In District 26 Kerry Rich (i) is facing a challenge from Ginger Fletcher

In District 27 Will Ainsworth has qualified for the seat currently held by Wes Long (R).  Rep. Long has announced that he is not seeking another term.

In District 28 Doug Sherrod is running for the seat currently held by Craig Ford (D) the minority leader.

In District 29 Becky Nordgren (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 30 Mack N. Butler (i) faces a challenge from Ashville Mayor Robert McKay

In District 31 Mike Holmes (i) has qualified for the seat that he just won in a Special Election on Tuesday.

In District 32 no Republican has qualified to run for the seat currently held by Barbara Boyd (D)

In District 33 Ron Johnson (i) has qualified for another term

In District 34 David Standridge (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 35 Steve Dean is challenging Steve Hurst (i)

In District 36 Randy Wood (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 37 Bob Fincher and T. Bryant Whaley are running for the seat currently held by Richard Laird (Ind.)

In District 38 Randy Price and Isaac Whorton are running for the seat currently held by Duwayne Bridges (R).  Rep. Bridges has announced his retirement.

In District 39 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Richard Lindsey (D)

In District 40 Koven L. (K.L.) Brown (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 41 Mike Hill (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 42 James M. (Jimmy) Martin is challenging Kurt Wallace (i)

In District 43 Doug Clark, Arnold Mooney, Amie Beth Shaver, Cheryl Ciamarra, John Bahakel, Don Murphy and Gina McDonald have all qualified for the seat currently held by Mary Sue McClurkin (R) who has announced that she is retiring

In District 44 Joe Freeman, John Amari and Danny Garrett have all qualified for the seat currently held by Arthur Payne (R) who has announced that he is retiring

In District 45 Dickie Drake (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 46 Pamela Blackmore-Jenkins, Justin Barkley, Steve French and David Faulkner have qualified for the seat currently held by Paul DeMarco who is vacating position to run for Congress

In District 47 Jack Williams (i) is facing a challenge from former Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman David Wheeler

In District 48 Jim Carns (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 49 April Weaver (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 50 retired St. Clair County Presiding Judge Jim Hill has qualified to run for the seat currently held by James McClendon (R) who is running for the Alabama Senate

In District 51 Allen Treadaway (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 52 Phillip Bahakel has qualified for the seat currently held by John Rogers (D)

In District 53 Elbert Peters has qualified for the seat which is currently vacant.  The district is currently in Jefferson County, but due to redistricting is being moved to Madison County for the 2014 election.

In District 54 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Patricia Todd (D)

In District 55 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Rodd Scott (D)

In District 56 Darius Foster has qualified for the seat currently held by Lawrence Mcadory (D)

In District 57 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Merika Coleman-Evans (D)

In District 58 no Republican has qualified for the seat which is currently held by Oliver Robinson (D)

In District 59 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Mary Moore (D)

In District 60 no Republican has qualified to run for the seat currently held by Juandalynn Givan (D)

In District 61 Alan Harper (i) faces challenger Brian Keith Foley

In District 62 Rich Wingo and Jamie Clements have qualified for the seat currently held by John Merrill.  Rep. Merrill is vacating the seat to run for Alabama Secretary of State.

In District 63 Bill Poole (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 64 James Hall is challenging Harry Shiver (i)

In District 65 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Elaine Beech (D)

In District 66 Alan Baker (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 67 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Darrio Melton (D)

In District 68 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Thomas Jackson (D)

In District 69 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by David Colston (D)

In District 70 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Christopher John England (D)

In District 71 no Republican has qualified for the seat occupied by Artis (A.J.) McCampbell (D)

In District 72 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Ralph Howard (D)

In District 73 former Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Matt Fridy and Jody Trautweim have qualified.  District 73 has been moved from Montgomery County to Shelby County as part of redistricting.  Joe Hubbard (D) currently represents HD 73 but has announced that he is running to for Alabama Attorney General.

In District 74 Dimitri Polizos (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 75 Reed Ingram has qualified for the seat currently held by Greg Wren (R) who is retiring.

In District 76 no Republican has qualified to run for the seat currently held by Thad McClammy (D)

In District 77 David Grimes has qualified to run for the seat currently held by John Knight (D)

In District 78 Tijuana Adetunji has qualified for the seat currently held by Alvin Holmes (D)

In District 79 Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (i) has qualified for reelection

In District 80 Lesley Vance (i) is being challenged by Alex Balkcum and Mervin Dudley

In District 81 Mark M. Tuggle (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 82 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Pebblin Warren (D)

In District 83 Gary Head has qualified for the seat currently held by George Bandy (D)

In District 84 Jerry A. McGilvray has qualified for the seat currently held by Berry Forte (D)

In District 85 Ron Wilson has qualified for the seat currently held by Dexter Grimsley (D)

In District 86 Paul Lee (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 87 Donnie Chesteen (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 88 Paul Beckman (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 89 Alan C. Boothe (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 90 Charles Newton (i) switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party on Friday.  He faces challenger Chris Sells.

In District 91 Barry Moore (i) is facing a challenge from Joshua R. Pipkin

In District 92 Mike Jones (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 93 Steve Clouse (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 94 Joe Faust (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 95 Steve McMillan (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 96 Randy Davis (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 97 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by Adline Clarke (D)

In District 98 Wayne Biggs has qualified for the seat currently held by Napoleon Bracy (D)

In District 99 no Republican has qualified for the seat currently held by James Buskey (D)

In District 100 Victor Gaston (i) has qualified for re-election

In District 101 Chris Pringle and Don Hembree have qualified for the seat currently held by Jamie Ison (R).  Rep. Ison has announced that she is not seeking another term.

In District 102 Jack Williams Chris McNeil and Anthony Clarkbanks have qualified to run for the seat currently held by Chad Fincher (R) who is not seeking re-election

In District 103 Ralph Carmichael has qualified for the seat currently held by Joseph Mitchell (D)

In District 104 Margie Wilcox (i) has qualified for the seat that she just won in a special election on Tuesday.

In District 105 David Sessions (i) has qualified for re-election

More candidates will qualify today.

The Alabama Political Reporter will update this list as more information becomes available.

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Trump Truck and boat parades this weekend

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As Election Day draws near, Alabama Republicans are excited about promoting the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President and the election of Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate. This weekend two pro-President Trump events are happening in the state. There will be a truck parade from Ashland to Phenix City on Saturday sponsored by the Clay County Republican Party, while there will also be a boat parade on Wilson Lake in the Shoals sponsored by the Colbert County Republican Party on Sunday.

The pickup trucks will assemble at the Ashland Industrial Park in Clay County, 8240 Hwy 9, Ashland. There is a pre-departure rally at 10:00 a.m. central standard time. The trucks will depart at 11:00 a.m. and then proceed on a parade route that will take them into the bitterly contested swing state of Georgia. The Trump Pickup Parade will wind through east Alabama and West Georgia traveling through LaGrange and Columbus before concluding near the Alabama/Georgia line in Phenix City, 332 Woodland Drive, Phenix City at approximately 2:00 p.m. central time. Speakers will begin at 3:00. Trump flags will be on sale at the event.

The Phenix Motorsports Park will be hosting what sponsor hope could possibly the world’s largest Pickup Tuck parade in U.S. history that is routing over 50 mile through Georgia in effort to “pickup” President Trump’s numbers in GA.

A number dignitaries have been invited to address the Phenix City rally, including Coach Tuberville. Former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, Trump Victory Finance Committee member former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., and Paul Wellborn, the President and CEO of the largest Family owned Kitchen Cabinet manufacture in the USA are among the featured speakers who have committed to speak at the event.

Entertainment will be provided by: Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner up on “The Voice”. Charity will sing ‘I am Proud to be an American’ as well as songs from her Voice performances. The McGill Girls will also perform. The three beautiful and talented sisters will be singing patriotic songs in three part harmony. Geoff Carlisle, a professional DJ will be keeping the crowd pumped with music and entertainment.

Following the speakers and the entertainment there will Trump truck-vs- Joe Bidden truck races down the drag strip for the finale.

The Northwest Alabama boat parade will be on Sunday. The boats will gather at 2:00 p.m. near Turtle Point and then the flotilla will parade around the open waters of Wilson Lake til 3_00 p.m.. There will be a contest for best decorated Trump boats.

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Trump supporters have held a number of large boat parades across the state to show their support for the re-election of Pres. Trump.

Boat parade sponsors say that this parade will be: pro-American, pro-law enforcement, pro-military.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations, new cases continue to rise

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The number of rising hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Alabama is a concerning sign of a possible coming surge of the disease, state health experts said Friday. Alabama hospitals were caring for 888 coronavirus patients Friday, the highest number since Sept 9. 

UAB Hospital was caring for around 80 COVID-19 inpatients Friday afternoon, said Dr. Rachael Lee, an infectious disease specialist at UAB, speaking to reporters Friday. UAB Hospital hasn’t had that many coronavirus inpatients since Aug. 18, when the disease was surging statewide.

“We have been dealing with this since March, and I think it’s easy for us to drop our guard,” Lee said. 

Alabama added 3,852 new coronavirus cases on Friday, but 1,287 of them were older positive antigen tests, conducted in June through October and submitted to ADPH by a facility in Mobile, according to the department. Still, Alabama’s daily case count has been increasing, concerning health officials already worried that as the weather turns colder and the flu season ramps up, Alabama could see a surge like the state had in July.

Alabama’s 14-day average of new daily cases was 1,247 on Friday, the highest it’s been since Sept 4. Over the last 14 days, Alabama has added 17,451 new COVID-19 cases.

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Friday’s inclusion of those older positive test results throws off the day’s percent positivity, by Thursday the state’s percent of tests that were positive was nearly 16 percent. Public health officials say it should be at or below five percent or cases are going undetected.

The state added 16 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing to total confirmed deaths statewide to 2,859. Over the last two weeks, 206 deaths were reported in the state. Alabama’s 14-day average of new daily deaths on Friday was 15.

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Alabama state health officer Dr. Scott Harris told APR by phone Friday called the rising new cases and hospitalizations “worrisome.”

Harris noted the data dump of older confirmed cases in Friday’s data, but said “but nevertheless, I think it’s clear our numbers are going up.”

Harris said it’s not yet clear what’s causing the continued spread, but said it may be due at least in part to larger private gatherings. ADPH staff has mentioned a few outbreaks association with such gatherings, but Harris said it’s hard to know for certain if that’s the major driver in the state’s rising numbers.

“It’s football season and the holidays are coming up and school is back in session,” Harris said. “I think people are just not being as safe as they were.”

Harris noted that on ADPH’s color-coded, risk indicator dashboard, red counties, which denotes counties with rising cases and percent positivity, the 17 red counties on Friday were distributed across the state.

“So there’s not one event, or even a handful of events. It seems like there’s just a lot of things happening in a lot of places,” Harris said.

Alabama’s rising numbers are mirrored in many states. The U.S. reported more than 71,600 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, nearing the country’s record highs, set in July.

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Birmingham approves $1.3 million contract for real-time crime center technology

Woodfin repeated that facial recognition capabilities will not be used in accordance with the contract.

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The Birmingham City Council approved a five-year, $1.3 million contract with Motorola this week to provide new technology for the police department’s real-time crime center amid unease and public concern over the potential use of facial recognition software within the new systems.

Mayor Randall Woodfin insisted in his remarks made before the council that the new technology is meant to integrate existing hardware and technology inside the real-time crime center. “You’re not buying any additional new equipment,” he said, “You’re buying something to integrate all those systems.”

The software suite includes Motorola Solutions’s CommandCentral Aware, a system that aggregates video, image and other data information into one interface, and BriefCam, a “video synopsis” system that will further integrate and analyze information from Birmingham’s ShotSpotter systems, public cameras and police body cameras.

Briefcam offers facial recognition capabilities, which was the main concern of community members speaking before the council, and the risk that use of the technology could disproportionately affect Black people. Facial recognition technology has a record of racial bias and misidentifies Black people at rates five to 10 times higher than white people.

“Despite assurances that there will not be facial recognition implemented at this phase that does not prevent it from being implemented in the future,” said Joseph Baker, Founder of I Believe in Birmingham and one of the Birmingham residents voicing concern on the proposal. “I believe that this software, if fully implemented, can easily lead to violations of unreasonable searches.”

Another resident who spoke against the resolution was Byron Lagrone, director of engineering at medical software solutions company Abel Healthcare Enterprises. Lagrone pointed to IBM and Amazon as examples of companies that have halted or abandoned facial recognition and object tracking software altogether over racial bias concerns.

“The prevailing attitude, among technical people is this technology is not effective, and it causes high amounts of harm for next to no gain,” Lagrone said.

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Woodfin repeated that facial recognition capabilities will not be used in accordance with the contract.

“It’s explicit in this contract that facial recognition will not be used,” Woodfin said, “[If] facial recognition wants to be used in the future of this city. It would have to be approved by this body. … The mayor’s office or the police department doesn’t have unilateral power to use facial recognition. That is not part of what our contractual relationship is with Motorola.”

Woodfin also clarified that the total $1.3 million price of the contract will not be paid as a lump sum but spread out over the five-year commitment.

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The city council voted 8 to 1 to approve the contract, with District 8 Councilman Steven Hoyt speaking in favor of the use of facial recognition capabilities.

“You can’t say, ‘I’m going to build a house but I’m not going to use the restroom,’” Hoyt said. “If it’s in the house, you’re going to use the restroom. … If it has the capability of facial recognition, guess what’s going to happen? You’re going to use it. I’m going to vote for it because I know we’ve got to have every tool we can garner to fight crime, because it’s out of hand.”

Hoyt also suggested a review of the information collected by the new system apparatus.

“I do think, for the public’s sake, we need to have some way we review that and see how it’s being used,” Hoyt said. “We need that to go along with this.”

District 3 Councilwoman Valerie A. Abbott — who said she was the victim of a burglary the day before the vote — echoed the mayor’s insistence that the facial recognition capabilities would not be deployed unless authorized by the city council, reading a letter from Motorola stating “in order to enable facial recognition, Motorola will require an addendum or change order to the contract,” which would have to come before a public meeting of the city council.

“I too would not want facial recognition,” Abbot said, “I’m voting in favor of this because the majority of my constituents are telling me they want more and better policing, capture of criminals, prevention of crime.”

District 5 Councilman Darrell O’Quinn was the lone no vote among the near-unanimous city council, stating that he had “some reservations about how we’re doing this and will vote my conscience.” 
Later, O’Quinn was quoted in BirminghamWatch, saying his vote reflected his concerns about “taking on a new debt obligation in the midst of a projected $63 million shortfall in revenue.”

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Opinion | Doug Jones’s pathway to victory: Substance over lies

Jones said his work in the Senate should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones speaks during the Democratic National Convention.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones believes voters will ultimately see through Tommy Tuberville’s lazy campaign and lies, and that enough of them will be moved by his work over the last two years to send him back to D.C. 

Jones’ comments came during a lengthy interview on the Alabama Politics This Week podcast. He also discussed his plans to address some of Alabama’s most pressing issues and also praised Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican.  

But it was Jones’ comments about Alabama voters — and whether too many of them are incapable of moving away from the Republican Party — that were most interesting. Jones still believes there are open-minded voters in the state, and that there isn’t enough attention being paid to polls showing a growing dissatisfaction in Alabama with President Donald Trump. 

“There are a number of things that Donald Trump has done that people (in Alabama) don’t agree with,” Jones said. “There are a number of things that he’s done that’s hurt Alabama and that they’re not OK with. That’s where I come in.”

Jones said his work in the Senate, where he’s sponsored the most bipartisan legislation over the last two years, should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

“I tell everyone, you owe it to yourself to look at every candidate and every issue,” Jones said. “I do that. I’ve been a Democrat all my life but I don’t think that I have ever pulled a straight lever. Because I look at every issue. I will tell you that there have been times that I didn’t vote for people who are Democrats for whatever reason — I just couldn’t do it. I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.”

Jones had the perfect example to drive the point home. 

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“Y’all all know our state auditor, Jim Zeigler? Jim wasn’t always a Republican. Jim’s first runs for office were as a Democrat. 

“I rest my case.”

You can listen to the full interview at the Alabama Politics This Week website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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