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Justice Sarah Stewart announces bid for Alabama Chief Justice

Stewart was elected as a Republican in November 2018 for a six-year term as an associate justice.

Associate Justice Sarah Stewart Campaign photo

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Sarah Stewart announced Tuesday that she will seek the Republican Party nomination for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in the March 2024 primary election. The state court’s top job is currently held by Chief Justice Tom Parker. State law prohibits him from seeking another term.

“I will fiercely safeguard our freedoms enshrined in the Constitution – from the right to praise God freely to the power of state government,” Justice Stewart announced. “Five of the original ten amendments to the US Constitution are about the justice system, and as Chief Justice, I want Alabamians to be confident in the strength of our courts.”

Justice Stewart was elected as a Republican in November 2018 for a six-year term as an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. Prior to her election, Justice Stewart served for thirteen years as a Circuit Judge in Mobile County, where she handled over 1,800 criminal and civil cases per year. Justice Stewart was appointed Circuit Judge by Governor Bob Riley in January 2006 and was elected as a Republican without opposition in November 2006, 2010 and 2016.

“I am humbled by and take seriously the faith Alabama citizens placed in me by electing me to the trial court bench three times and then to the highest court in our State in 2018,” Stewart added. “I have a proven conservative record, and I understand Alabama values. It is important for a Justice to have strongly developed judicial values. My work as a Justice speaks for itself – I will never legislate from the bench and I will always strongly defend your constitutional rights.”

Justice Stewart earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1992. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Arkansas. She is married to Craig Richard Stewart, originally of Selma. They have two children and are members of Ashland Place Methodist Church.

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