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Alice Martin qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin formally qualified as a Republican for the office of Alabama attorney general.

“Earlier today I filed paperwork officially adding my name to the ballot!,” Martin announced in a statement. “It’s important that as many Alabamians as possible see this news and hear our winning message.”

President George W. Bush appointed Martin as a U.S. Attorney.  In her time as U.S. Attorney the U.S. Attorney’s office made a special effort to prosecute the rampant political corruption in Alabama.

“I have a 20-year track record of fighting corruption and crime as a state and federal prosecutor, making me uniquely qualified to serve as our state’s Attorney General.” Martin said.  “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH when it comes to corruption in our great state!  If elected to serve as your next Attorney General, my very top priority will be cleaning up the culture of corruption that has permeated our state’s politics. We’ve had enough of the good ole boy network… and under my watch, you will not hear elected officials bragging about walking away with a misdemeanor plea, as former Gov. Bentley has been doing.”

Martin has been a Deputy Attorney General for the Alabama Department of Public Examiners, the financial watchdog of the State. She previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Office of Attorney General, under then Attorney General Luther Strange. Under Strange’s office, she was on the prosecution team that convicted Speaker Mike Hubbard and opposed the Federal overreach of the Obama Administration on issues such as same sex marriage and bathroom mandates. During the 2017 Legislative Session, she successfully advocated for SB301 to combat technology based sex crime.

As a U.S. Attorney, she established an anti-terrorism task force, prosecuted over 4,600 Federal firearms, narcotic, child pornography and other violent crimes, and resolved over 8,200 civil cases. She founded the North Alabama Public Corruption Task Force with then Alabama AG Bill Pryor and obtained 140 Federal corruption convictions, being named a “Top 10 Prosecutor in the US” by Corporate Fraud Reporter.

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Martin has als0 served as a municipal judge and as a Circuit Court Judge in Florence, Alabama.

Martin has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and worked as a Registered Nurse during Law School at the University of Mississippi. She and her husband have three adult daughters and ten dogs and live in Florence. They are members of the First United Methodist Church.

Martin is also a member of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, a former member of the Alabama Republican Club Executive Committee and Secretary in 2001. She is a member of the Federalist Society.

Attorney General Steve Marshall, Trump Alabama campaign manager Chess Bedsole, and former Attorney General Troy King are also running in the Republican primary.

Chris Christie is running for AG in the Democratic primary.

Major party qualifying ends on Friday.

The major party primaries will be on June 5, 2018.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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