The US Senate and governor’s campaigns have garnered the most attention until Tuesday’s primary in Alabama, but five other statewide races are on the ballot. With several candidates in the race, some nominations may not be decided until after the runoff elections on June 21.
Here are some of the major races to watch:
Secretary of State
Four Republicans and one Democrat are on the primary voting to succeed the GOP’s incumbent John Merrill as secretary of state, Alabama’s top election official.
Ed Packard, who served as the Secretary of State’s Department of Elections for nearly 25 years, is seeking the Republican nomination in a field that includes Jim Ziegler, who has to be re-run as state auditor by term limit. was withheld from; State Representative Wes Allen of Troy, who served for nearly a decade as a probate judge in Pike County; and Christian Horn, a GOP activist and business owner from Madison County.
None of the four candidates has made major complaints about electoral problems in Alabama, which is controlled by Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2020. But everyone has talked about the measures needed to bolster election security, an issue popularized among conservatives by Trump’s liars. Claims that the 2020 election was stolen by President Joe Biden.
Merrill could not seek office again after serving two terms. The Republican nominee eventually faced Democrat Pamela J. of Mobile in November. From Lafitte.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall faces a primary challenge as he seeks a second four-year term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.
First appointed to the position in 2017, Marshall was opposed by Harry Bartlett Still III, a lawyer for Daphne.
Marshall, who previously served as district attorney in Marshall County, regularly opposes initiatives launched by Democratic President Joe Biden, including vaccination requirements for COVID-19 and federal policies along the border with Mexico. and he testified against the nomination of now-Justice Ketanji Brown. Jackson was sent to the US Supreme Court.
Corruption is still rampant in the state government, and that the agency that oversees police standards and training in the state needs to be reorganized to increase public confidence in law enforcement. He also supports changing Alabama’s heavily amended constitution, passed in 1901, to ensure white supremacy.
The winner will face Democratic nominee Wendell Major, police chief, in the Birmingham-area town of Tarrant in November.
Candidates for the Alabama State Auditor usually stress the importance of keeping track of state assets, but the three Republicans seeking office this year spoke of another in an era of false claims about stolen presidential votes — election security. .
Stan Cooke, a pastor from Kimberly; Rusty Glover, a former history teacher at Semmes, who served in the state Senate; And Andrew Sorrell, State Representative for Mussel Shoals, is all emphasizing the auditor’s role of selecting county registrar boards to seek office.
Echoing former President Donald Trump’s false claims almost directly, Cook’s campaign website states that the state must outrun Democrats before they “try and steal our elections as they did in Pennsylvania, Arizona.” And even our neighbor in the east did in Georgia.”
The incumbent, Jim Ziegler, could not seek re-election after serving two terms and is running for Secretary of State.
Winning the Republican nomination is tantamount to an election because no Democrat is eligible to run for auditorship.
A Republican candidate for the Alabama Supreme Court is trying to woo voters with a mix that includes his devotion to God and former President Donald Trump. The other is emphasizing his experience in the courtroom – and his gun.
Greg Cook, a lawyer from Metro Birmingham, and Debra Jones, a circuit judge who hears cases in Calhoun and Claiburn, are seeking the Republican nomination for the Place 5 Supreme Court seat held by Justice Mike Bolin, who Are you retiring.
Cook is portraying himself as a “Trump-tough” Republican who was a Trump representative and in 2000 in Florida for Al Gore and President George W. Bush represented conservative interests in the presidential recounting contest. In addition to partisan and legal merits, Cook’s campaign resume features his longstanding church membership and leadership.
Jones released an ad late in the campaign detailing his support for Trump, his short stature — “She’s 5 Feet Concrete” — and in one case he sentenced a man convicted of child abuse to more than 1,000 years in prison. On occasion he is shown firing a handcuff and the only reason he did not put the man “under the prison”, the “liberals” would not let him.
All nine members of the court are Republicans, and the winner of the Place 5 race will be a heavy favorite over Democrat Anita L. Kelly, a judge in Montgomery, in the general election.
Voters will decide whether to let the state go into $85 million in debt to develop Alabama’s state parks and historic sites.
A statewide constitutional amendment on the ballot would provide $80 million in funding for state park projects including adding and improving camp sites, adding wireless service, upgrading electrical and water service, replacing playgrounds, building swimming pools and the Gulf State. Includes repair of damaged parts of the park. Hurricane Sally.
The remaining $5 million will go to the Alabama Historic Commission to acquire, renovate, and maintain historic parks across the state. The agency will not be allowed to use the money at Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury. The park is funded by a tax that was originally meant for needy Confederate veterans.