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GOP chief justice candidate Tom Parker visits White House

Last week, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R) traveled to Washington, D.C. with a group of local leaders from Alabama to meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and key members of President Trump’s staff in order to discuss issues critical to the future of our state and nation.

“President Trump put this meeting together to inform the Alabama county commissioners and mayors how to connect with the relevant federal agencies of an administration that wants to serve us,” Justice Parker said in a statement.

“It was an honor to be invited to the White House,” said Justice Parker. “We were able to meet with prominent members of President Trump’s cabinet and learn details about the White House’s plan to make Alabama and America great again. It is exciting for conservatives to finally have a voice in the White House after eight years of a radical leftist administration that fought against Alabama values at every turn.”

Among the issues discussed were infrastructure investment and the growing opioid epidemic, as well as local issues throughout the state of Alabama.

Tom Parker faces an extremely well financed challenger in Jefferson County Judge Robert Vance Jr.

Where Judge Parker had to defeat, well funded, appointed Chief Justice Lyn Stuart in the Republican primary; Judge Vance did not have a primary opponent. Parker after a hard fought primary in which he was outspent two to one only has $13,753 in cash on hand. Judge Vance on the other hand entered August with an incredible $239,200 in cash on hand. Democrats are hopeful that they can win control of the Alabama Court System.

Thomas “Tom” Parker is a sitting Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. Parker served on the Court since 2004. He is a former assistant Alabama attorney general. He also served as the deputy administrative director of courts, advising trial court judges, and as the director of the Alabama Judicial College, providing training for new judges and continuing legal education for all the trial judges in Alabama.

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Judge Robert “Bob” Vance Jr. is a sitting judge in Jefferson County. He was the Democratic nominee for Chief Justice in 2012 general election, ultimately losing to former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R). Vance’s father, Robert Vance Sr. was a federal judge who was assassinated with a bomb sent to his home. His wife is former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

The general election will be on November 6.

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

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