Alabama Resources

Population: 4,858,979 (2015)

Filing deadline: Feb. 9, 2018.

Primary: June 5; runoff July 17, 2018.

Alabama (R+14) is a state with strong Democratic roots that has gone heavily Republican in the last 20 years. Republicans have replaced traditional, conservative Democrats to the point where there are scarcely any competitive Dems left on the statewide level. In 2010, Alabamas population was 69% White and 26% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 9. Ala­bama is a safe state for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Luther Strange

Senator class 2: Luther Strange (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Armed Services, Budget, Energy & Resources.

Democratic nomineeDoug Jones
Republican nominee: Roy Moore

Rating, Oct 28, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Oct 28, 2017:
Senator and lawyer Jeff Sessions (b.1946) was appointed Attorney General by president Donald Trump. Governor Robert Bentley then appointed lawyer and State AG Luther Strange to this seat, while making it clear that he would not call a special election until 2018. When Bentley resigned and LG Kay Ivey took over, she called a special election for December 12, with primaries over two rounds on August 15 and September 26. The GOP finally nominated former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, while the Democrats nominated former US attorney Doug Jones.

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Richard Shelby

Senator class 3: Richard Shelby (R)
Committees
: Banking & Housing, Appropriatons, Rules (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Richard Shelby

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
Lawyer and State Senator Richard Shelby (b.1934) was elected to the House as a Democrat in 1978 and was elected to the Senate in 1986. He switched parties in 1994 and has since cruised to re-election as a Republican. He won 64% in 2016.

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House of Representatives: 7 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 6 Republicans.

Bradley Byrne

District 1
Representative: Bradley Byrne (R)
Committees
: Armed Forces, Education, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Bradley Byrne

Rating, Jan 7, 2017, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
The district (R+15) covers the southwestern parts of the state, including Mobile. It is 68% White and 28% Black. Lawyer and State Senator Bradley Byrne (b.1955) was first elected in a special election in 2013 and was unopposed in 2016.

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Martha Roby

District 2
Representative: Martha Roby (R)
Committees
: Appropriations, judiciary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Martha Roby

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, July 29, 2017:
The district (R+17) covers the southeastern parts of the state, including parts of Mon­t­gomery. It is 67% White and 29% Black. Lawyer and Montgomery City Council member Martha Roby (b.1976) knocked out a conservadem in 2010, and was re-elected with 49% in 2016. She’s getting primary challenges from Factory Worker, Army Reserve MSgt & Iraq War Veteran Tommy Amason and  State Rep. Barry Moore. The Dems are running Ex-Community College Dean, Army Veteran & Peace Activist Audri Scott Williams.

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Mike Rogers

District 3
Representative: Mike Rogers (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Armed Forces, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Rogers

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
The district (R+16) covers the central, eastern parts of the state, including the cities of Auburn, Tal­ladega and Tuskegee. It is 65% White and 32% Black. Lawyer and County Commissioner Mike Rogers (b.1958) was first elected in 2002 and took 67% in 2016.

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Robert Aderholt

District 4
Representative: Robert Aderholt (R)
Committees
: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Robert Ader­holt

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, July 29, 2017:
The district (R+28) runs like a thin ribbon across the north of Ala­bama from east to west. It contains the northern parts of Birmingham and suburbs of Decatur and Huntsville. It is 90% White and 5% Black. Lawyer and judge Robert Aderholt (b.1965) took the seat for the GOP in 1996, and has met with little resistance since. He had no Democratic opponents in 2016. He is facing primary challenges from Iraq War Veteran & Army Contractor Mike Moses and Nuclear Technologist, Ex-Financial Consultant, Navy Veteran & ’16 Candidate Phil Norris. The Dems are running Manufacturing Project Manager Rick Neighbors.

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Mo Brooks

District 5
Representative: Mo Brooks (R)
Committees
: Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs, Science.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mo Brooks

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, July 29, 2017:
The district (R+17) runs across the north of the state along the Tennessee border and contains most of Hunts­ville. It is 78% White and 17% Black. Lawyer and County Commissioner Mo Brooks (b.1954) knocked out a partyswitching Conservadem in the GOP primary in 2010 and was subsequently elected to Congress. He won 67% in 2016. The Dems are fielding College Professor Butler Cain, Ex-Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion, and Retired Commercial Photographer, Ex-Realtor & Navy Veteran  Michael Sweeney.

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Gary Palmer

District 6
Representative: Gary Palmer (R)
Committees: Budget, Oversight, Science.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Gary Palmer

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, July 29, 2017:
The district (R+28) covers central parts of Ala­bama and almost surrounds Bir­mingham. It is 89% White and 8% Black. Former think tank director Gary Palmer (f.1954) won the seat in 2016 with 74%. The Dems are running Craft Beer Distribution Manager Danner Kline.

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Terri Sewell

District 7
Representative: Terri Sewell (D)
Committees
: Ways and Means, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Terri Sewell
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, July 29, 2017:
The district (D+19) contains most of Bir­mingham, plus the central western parts of the state, including most of Tus­caloosa. The seat has long been a vote sink for African Americans, who make up 62% of the district, while 36% are White. Lawyer Terri Sewell (b.1965) was first elected in 2010 and had no GOP opponent in 2016. She has a primary challenge from Attorney & Progressive Activist Richard Rice.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day; Monday after the second Tuesday of January.

Term limits: The Governor of Alabama and all other State Officers are term limited from their current office after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years. The exceptions is the Lieutenant Governor, who has to wait a full year after the 2nd term before s/he can run for any other State Office. There are no term limits for the Public Service Commission.

Kay Ivey

Governor: Kay Ivey (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, July 29, 2010:
Physican and State Representative Robert Bentley (b.1943) was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2010 with 64%. He is term limited in 2018. An adultery scandal led to his resignation in April 2017. LG Kay Ivey became Governor but it is not yet known if she will run for a full term in 2018. So far, the GOP candidates are Huntsville Mayor, Ex-Huntsville City Councilman & Businessman Tommy Battle, Jefferson County Commissioner, Ex-Vestavia Hills City Councilman & Businessman David Carrington, Baptist Minister Scott Dawson, Ex-Morgan County Commissioner, State Correctional Officer & ’14 Candidate Stacy George, State Sen. & Businessman Bill Hightower, Biomedical Executive Josh Jones and State Agriculture Commissioner, Ex-State Rep. & Ex- Baldwin County Commissioner John McMillan. The Democratic candidates are Truck Driver, Ex-Pastor & Marijuana Legalization Activist Jason Childs, Ex-Supreme Court Chief Justice & Ex-District Court Judge Sue Bell Cobb, Pastor, Ex-Juvenile Corrections Officer & Community Activist Christopher Countryman and Tuscaloosa Mayor, Ex-Tuscaloosa City Councilman & Ex-Labor Organizer Walt Maddox.

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Lieutenant Governor: Kay Ivey (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, July 29, 2017:
The Lieutenant Governor is nominated and elected separately from the Governor. State Auditor Kay Ivey (b.1944) became LG in 2010 and was re-elected with 63% in 2014. She became Governor in 2017. The GOP candidates so far are State Rep., Trade Show Promoter & Hunting Lodge Owner Will Ainsworth, State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Retired Teacher Rusty Glover and State Board of Education Member, Attorney & USAF Veteran Mary Scott Hunter.

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John Merrill

Secretary of State: John Merrill (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Merrill

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 13, 2016:
State Representative John Merrill (b.1963) was elected SoS in 2014 with 64%.

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Steven Marshall

Attorney General: Steven Marshall (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Steven Marshall

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, July 29, 2017:
Lawyer and AG Luther Strange (b.1953) was appointed to the Senate and has been replaced by County Attorney Steven Marshall (b.1964). Marshall is running in 2018, but has primary challenges from Ex-Criminal Court Judge, Attorney & Trump Campaign Activist Chess Bedsole and Ex-US Attorney & Ex-Chief Deputy Attorney General Alice Martin.

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Young Boozer

Treasurer: Young Boozer (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Economist Young Boozer (b.1948) was first elected in 2010 and had no Democratic opposition in 2014. He is term limited in 2018.

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Jim Zeigler

Auditor: Jim Zeigler (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jim Zeigler

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Lawyer Jim Zeigler (b.1948) was elected with 63% in 2014. Zeigler ran and lost narrowly in six other races earlier, which earned him the nickname “Mr. 49%”.

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John McMillan

Commissioner of Agriculture & Indu­stries: John McMillan (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 13, 2016:
County Commisioner and Chief Executive of Alabama’s Forestry Association John McMillan (b.1941) was first elected in 2010 and re-elected with 65% in 2014. He is term limited in 2018.

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Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

Public Service Commissioner: Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
The President of Alabama’s Public Service Commission is elected during Presidential elections. Businesswoman Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh was first elected in 2010 and then elected President in 2012, when she beat the incumbent Democrat. She was unopposed in 2016.

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Jeremy Oden

Public Service Commissioner: Jeremy Oden (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jeremy Oden

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Businessman and State Representative Jeremy Oden (b.1968) was appointed in 2012 and had no Democratic opponent in 2014.

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Chip Beeker

Public Service Commissioner: Chip Beeker (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Chip Beeker

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Businessman and County Commissioner Chip Beeker knocked out the incumbent Republican in the primary in 2014 and had no Democratic opposition in November.

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State Senate: 35 (8D / 26R / 1U). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2018.
State House: 105 (33D / 72R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2018.

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