Tuesday, the Jefferson County Police Chiefs Association announced that it is endorsing Republican DA Mike Anderton in the highly competitive Jefferson County District Attorney race.
Association President and Irondale Chief of Police Ken Atkinson announced the endorsement, stating that his organization had full confidence in Anderton’s ability to lead the District Attorney’s office.
“It’s very humbling to have the backing of an organization I’ve admired for a long, long time,” Anderton said. “I’ve worked with these officers for many years, and their dedication to their communities is outstanding. It’s tremendous to be appreciated by them with this endorsement.”
The Jefferson County Police Chiefs Association represents some 26 municipalities across the county.
Anderton is a career prosecutor who has worked in the Jefferson County DA’s office for 34 years.
Anderton has already been endorsed by the Alabama Citizens for Life, the oldest and largest Pro-Life group in Alabama, the Jefferson County Farmers Federation, and the Alabama Republican Assembly during the GOP primary season.
Anderton was appointed Jefferson County District Attorney by Gov. Kay Ivey in 2017 when the post became vacant after the incumbent, Charles Todd Henderson (D), was convicted of perjury. Anderton has been working in the Birmingham DA’s office since 1984. He faces Danny Carr (D) who is also a career prosecutor. Carr was the interim DA after Henderson was indicted by a grand jury on the perjury charges and served until after Henderson’s conviction. The general election will be held on November 6.
Jefferson County has been trending Democratic in recent elections. Democrats hope that they can take control of all the countywide offices in Jefferson County as well as the legislative delegation in this election.