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Statewide major party candidates field is set as qualifying closes

Montgomery, Alabama, USA with the State Capitol.

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major Party qualifying ended on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, and there were some late additions, including in the governor’s race.

State Senator Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, is running as a Republican for governor.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Governor Robert Bentley resigned.

In addition to Ivey and Blackwell, evangelist Scott Dawson, state Senator Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle are all running in the Republican primary.

LBGTQ rights activist Chris Countryman has qualified in the Democratic primary for governor. He joins former Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, former State Representative James Fields, Doug “New Blue” Smith, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Anthony White in the Democratic primary.

Dr. Will Boyd has qualified as a Democrat for lieutenant governor.

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State Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and State Senator Rusty Glover have all qualified in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.

Attorney General Steve Marshall qualified to run for his own term as attorney general. Trump Alabama campaign manager Chess Bedsole, former Alabama Attorney General Troy King and former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin are challenging Marshall in the Republican primary.

Joseph Siegelman and Chris Christie are running in the Democratic primary for Alabama attorney general.

Lula Albert and Heather Milam have qualified in the Democratic primary for secretary of state.

Incumbent Secretary of State John Merrill has qualified for re-election. He faces a Republican primary challenge from Michael Johnson.

Incumbent state Auditor Jim Zeigler is facing challengers Dr. Stan Cooke and Elliot Lipinsky in the Republican primary for state auditor.

Miranda Joseph has qualified as a Democrat for state auditor.

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In the race for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Tracy “T.O.” Crane was a late addition to the field that includes state Senator Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, Cecil Murphy and Rick Pate are also running in the Republican Party. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

In the race for state treasurer, David L. Black, Stephen D Evans and Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan are all running in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Public Service commissioner Place 1, incumbent Jeremy H. Oden faces challenger Jim Bonner in the Republican primary. Cara Y. McLure is the Democratic qualified candidate.

For Public Service commissioner Place 2, incumbent Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. faces challenger Robin Litaker in the Republican primary. Kari Powell is running as the Democratic candidate.

For chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, appointed Chief Justice Lyn Stuart is facing a challenge from Associate Justice Tom Parker in the Republican Primary. Bob Vance Jr. is running as a Democrat.

For Supreme Court Place 1, Circuit Judge Debra Jones, appointed Justice Brad Mendheim and Circuit Judge Sarah Hicks Stewart are all running in the Republican party. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Supreme Court Place 2, Associate Justice Tommy Bryan is seeking re-election. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

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For Supreme Court Place 3, appointed Associate Justice Will Sellers is seeking his own term on the court. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Supreme Court Place 4, Jay Mitchell and John Bahakel are running in the Republican primary. Donna Wesson Smalley is running in the Democratic primary.

For Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 1, Christy Olinger Edwards, Pat Thetford and Michelle Manley Thomason are all running in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 2, Chad Hanson is running against Terri Willingham Thomas in the Republican primary.  There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 3, Terry A. Moore has qualified in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Place 1, St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor and Riggs Walker are competing in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

For Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2, Dennis O’Dell joins Rich Anderson, Liles Burke and Chris McCool in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

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For Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3, Donna Beaulieu and Bill Cole are competing in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic qualified candidate.

The major party primaries are on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Written By

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,697 articles for APR. 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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