By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday December 16, 2014, Sumiton businessman and minister, Stan Cooke announced that he was seeking the office of Treasurer of the Republican Party. Cooke is a former candidate for Lieutenant Governor and for Congress.
Stan Cooke wrote in a statement, “Dear Members of the Alabama Republican Party, Today I formerly declare that I am a candidate for the office of Treasurer of the Alabama Republican Party.”
Cooke continued, “The Republican Party in Alabama has become the political party of choice to lead in the process of government. This has been accomplished by working hard in every district to earn the Respect and Trust of the voters of Alabama. It is within that framework of Respect and Trust that I offer myself for service to our Republican Party.”
Cooke said, “In the weeks ahead I will contact you by mail to share with you my resume that will detail my background, my qualifications and political beliefs. I will also share with you my passion for defending the Constitution – that is grounded in economic and socially conservative principles.”
Cooke concluded, “My Christmas wish for you is that the Christmas Prayer of President George Washington comes to pass in your life… as he prayed – ‘O kind Father, continue Thy mercy and favor to me this day and ever hereafter. Preserve and defend our rulers in Church and State. Bless the people of this land. Be a father to the fatherless, A comforter to the comfortless, A deliverer to the captives and A physician to the sick. Let Thy blessings be upon our friends, kindred and families. Amen.’”
In the 2014 Republican Primary Cooke challenged popular Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey. In 2010 Cooke challenged Sixth District Congressman Spencer Bachus (R from Vestavia). Cooke lost both GOP Primary races. In 2012 Cooke explored running again for Congress against Bachus, but stood aside in favor of other conservative candidates who wanted to challenge Rep. Bachus.
Dr. Stan Cooke is a businessman and Christian Pastor.
During the 2014 Primary campaign, Cooke’s Church, the Kimberly Church of God, was struck by a tornado on April 28. Cooke told the Alabama Political Reporter that the old sanctuary and some of the other buildings in the complex were destroyed, but he thought that they would be able to save the new sanctuary despite enormous wind damage.
Cooke is staunchly opposed to the controversial Common Core Curriculum.