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Sue Bell Cobb, James Fields endorse Tabitha Isner for Alabama Democratic Party chair

Gubernatorial candidates, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and former State Rep. James Fields, D-Dodge City, endorsed Tabitha Isner for Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Last week, Isner announced her intention to run for chair in the new election ordered by the Democratic National Committee.

“I’m convinced that Tabitha is the person that can provide strong leadership and make some significant changes with the party that will benefit everyone,” Cobb said. “She can raise the money; she’s proven that through her recent campaign.”

“It’s no secret that Alabama Democrats struggle when it comes to raising money,” Fields said. “I believe Tabitha Isner is the person who is best equipped to help Democratic candidates get the resources they need to run successful races. Tabitha is also a bridge builder. She’s assembled a diverse coalition of volunteers and united her district behind the task of getting Democrats elected, and that’s what the Alabama Democratic Party needs in a chair.”

Prior to announcing her candidacy for chair, Isner ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 election cycle in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, challenging popular incumbent Martha Roby, R-Montgomery. Isner raised over $500,000 and is running an advanced field program.

Isner currently resides in Montgomery where her husband pastors a church. She has a masters degree in public policy, is an ordained minister, a foster-adoptive mom and currently runs a nonprofit agency in Selma.

Isner is challenging longtime Chairwoman Nancy Worley for the leadership of the Alabama Democratic Party. Worley defeated a challenger over the summer to win a new term as state chairwoman, but the National Democratic Executive Committee invalidated that election.

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The new election is expected to be on May 4, though even that date is disputed by some.

The Alabama Democratic Party did not win any statewide offices in the 2018 election.

The priority for Alabama Democrats in 2020 is re-electing U.S. Sen. Doug Jones who defeated former Chief Justice Roy Moore in a 2017 special election.

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

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