By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Christian Citizen Task Force (CCTF) will host a bipartisan U.S. Senate Forum on Thursday, July 6 at The Rock Family Worship Center at 2300 Memorial Pkwy SW in Huntsville, Alabama. There will be a short Meet & Greet event beginning at 6:00 PM. The Forum starts at 6:30 PM.
There will be a straw poll conducted.
According to organizers confirmed U.S. Senate candidates include: Democrats: Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Brian McGee, and Charles Nana and Republicans: Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples, and Trip Pittman.
The organizers said that the U.S. Senate Forum is a great opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates one-on-one prior to the major party special primary election on August 15. The winners of the Republican and Democratic Primaries plus any independent or minor party candidates who qualify will face off in the special general election on December 12, 2017. A special primary runoff elections will be held on September 26, 2017 if needed.
The candidates are running for the Senate vacancy created when Senator Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Attorney General. Former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley selected then Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to fill the post until the people can select their own replacement.
Ten Republicans are running for the U.S. Senate race as Republicans. According to the Alabama Republican Party, the following individuals submitted qualifying paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate seat: James Paul Beretta, Joseph F. Breault, Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Dom Gentile, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples, Trip Pittman, and Luther Strange.
Karen Haiden Jackson was disqualified by the Alabama Republican Party because she had run as an independent in a judicial race last year.
Eight candidates qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party to run in the U.S. Senate Special Primary Election. Qualified candidates are Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Brian McGee, and Charles Nana.