Vance only Democrat for Alabama chief justice

Aug 22, 2012

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. is the only Democrat to sign up to run for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

The Democratic Party's deadline to sign up was noon Wednesday.

The Democratic Party began seeking a new candidate after a party committee disqualified the original Democratic nominee, Pelham attorney Harry Lyon, on Friday. Lyon said Wednesday that he plans to vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore as a matter of principle.

A write-in candidate for chief justice, Mobile attorney Melinda Lee Maddox, said Wednesday that she's dropping her campaign and supporting Vance. Another Mobile attorney who had started and then dropped a write-in candidacy, Ginger Poynter, said she will also support Vance.

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