By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter
June’s financial disclosures showed some early leaders in fundraising in several State House races around Alabama. The deadline to file financial disclosures was midnight on June 7th.
House District 89
Pike County’s Probate Judge Wes Allen has raised more money than his opponent in the race for House District 89.
Allen raised over $46,000 in the month of June. Most of the money came from individual and business donors in Pike, Montgomery and Dale county. None of the $46,000 came from any PAC.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received since announcing the campaign for the Alabama House of Rep,” a statement from their campaign on social media said.
Allen filed paperwork to run for the seat in June.
Allen has been Pike County’s probate judge since Governor Bob Riley appointed him to the position in 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree from Troy University.
Allen’s opponent in the race is Troy City Council President Marcus Paramore. Troy citizens elected him to Troy City Council District three in 2012 and he is currently serving his second term in the seat.
He is also the director of government relations at Troy University. Paramore also has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Troy University.
Paramore did not file any financial disclosures for the month of June. This means Paramore neither raised nor expended more than $1,000 in the month of June.
Both Paramore and Allen are running as Republicans.
Alan Boothe (R-Troy) announced he would not seek the district 89 seat in June. He notably chaired the House Rules Committee.
Boothe will now fulfill a role as a floor leader in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Senate District 25
State Senate Candidate Charles Barfoot leads his opponent Ronda Walker in campaign funds in his bid for Senate District 25.
Barfoot has $40,000 more than his opponent Walker. He accomplished this in only four days of fundraising since he announced his candidacy last week. Barfoot raised more money from individual and business donors than Walker.
Barfoot is an attorney based out of Montgomery and has held positions in the Republican Party, including being the legal counsel for Governor Mike Huckabee’s bid for President.
He previously ran for the same State Senate seat in 2006.
Walker is the Vice Chairman for the Montgomery County Commission. She announced her bid for the seat in June. She raised more than Barfoot in June but more than half of the money came from her own PAC when she ran for County Commissioner.
Both Walker and Barfoot are running as Republicans.
The senate seat is being left vacant as Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.
Senate District 30
State Senator Clyde Chambliss has raised more than $30,000 in June. This number is among the highest raised among incumbents in the State House.
His fundraising is divided between Autauga and Elmore County. Most of his donations came from individual and business donors with only $1,500 coming from a PAC.
Chambliss was elected to the Senate in 2012. He was previously the county commissioner for Autauga county. The district he represents includes parts of Elmore, Autauga, Coosa and Tallapoosa county.
Chambliss faces his first re-election as a state senator. He is running as a Republican.
Senate District Seven
Alabama Republican Party Vice Chair Sam Givhan raised $35,150 in the month of June. His opponents, Nicole Jones and Jeff Still, raised $1,653 and $2,105. Incumbent Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) is not running for re-election in 2018.
The primaries for all these races are in June 2018. The General Election takes place November 2018.