June 5th - Super Tuesday Part 1! Alabama
Updated: May 31, 2018
The May 22nd primaries were a great success, we got lots of great candidates, especially female candidates, and especially the first black female nominee for Governor in GA, Stacey Abrams!!!
On to June 5th, which may as well be Super Tuesday. Eight states are having primaries that day, including Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota! Lots to keep track of, and lots of friends and family to bother about voting!
Today we start with Alabama!
Now AL is one of those Southern states with a run-off system. If no one gets over 50% of the vote, then the top 2 finishers will face off July 17.
AL is electing a new governor (or re-electing possibly). Being Alabama, no one thinks the governor's office is up for grabs by the Dems. Nevertheless, there are 6 candidates vying to try. Notable among them is Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox, former State Rep James Fields, and former Supreme Court Chief Sue Bell Cobbs. Possible run-off here to narrow the field!
There is also a competitive primary for Attorney General of AL.
AL has 7 Congressional Reps, currently 6 Republicans and 1 Democrat. No one really expects that to change this time around. Though in a wave year, its possible 1, 2, 3, and 5 could be somewhat competitive. Of those, 1, 2, and 3 have two candidates in the primary. Several women are hoping to replicate Doug Jones' success, like Lizzetta McConnell in District 1 (Mobile), Tabitha Eisner and Audri Scott Williams in District 2 (Montgomery and the SE corner), and Mallory Hagan and Adia Winfrey in District 3 (East of Birmingham and Montgomery). With only 2 candidates, there won't be any run-offs here!
Republicans solidly control both the AL State House and Senate, but it would be nice for Dems to make some strides and get the ratio a little closer.
In the House, Democrats need to flip 10 seats to break the 3/5 supermajority. With re-districting coming up, this is very important! There are competitive primaries on the Dem side in House Districts 8, 10, 19, 28, 32, 47, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 67, 69, 77, 78, 82, 83, 85, 96, 97, and 99. Several of these are open seats in Dem areas, so this primary is really the general election for the seat.
And finally but still quite importantly, Jefferson County is having municipal elections. This is the county for the largest city of Birmingham, and its close to 50/50 with white/POC. In the race for District Attorney, Danny Carr is running to regain the position he held in the interim after the previous DA resigned in disgrace. A family member of a murder victim, he has a very tough-on-crime background as a prosecutor though he does make mention in interviews about attempts to steer first time offenders out of the system and the importance of exonerating the innocent. He also talks about growing up as a young African-American male and his hopes to be a positive example. Running against him is Raymond Johnson Jr, who hasn't given a lot of public information but did do an interview last year where he talked about the need for more community policing.
There is also a Sheriff's race with 4 Democrats. Wallace Anger is running on a platform of change and ending policies that lead to injustices. Heath Boakle is the President of the Fraternal Order of Police and has a decidedly pro-police bent but is running on a platform of better police-community relations. Wilson Hale is a state trooper with a platform of tackling opioids, domestic violence, and violent crime. Finally, Mark Pettway, a detective, is running on a platform of utilizing new technology like body-cameras, increasing the number of deputies, and prevention-oriented strategies. It is clear the desire for criminal justice reform has seeped into the platforms of all these candidates, so check out their websites and interviews.
Make sure your AL friends, especially those in Jefferson County, know about these primaries!!!