Tomorrow’s filing deadline for political candidates is prompting several Democrats to announce their intentions. House minority leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says he’ll run for re-election rather than seeking higher office. He had been considering a run for Governor or Lieutenant Governor but says he can do more from the state legislature.
Meanwhile, Florence Democrat Tammy Irons says she will NOT be seeking re-election. The Republican majority redrew her district significantly. She says her expanded district could mean she’d have less time with her family and law practice.
A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.
Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George said Thursday that he was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic on Oct. 2. The illness involves a low blood platelet count. It required lots of treatments to get his platelet count back to normal and end his fatigue. But George says he's back to running.
A panel of three federal judges has upheld Alabama's new legislative districts.
The judges split 2-to-1 in a decision Friday that said the new districts are not discriminatory and do not violate the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.
The Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference had sued over the districts, which were designed by the Legislature's Republican majority. State Attorney General Luther Strange, who defended the new districts in court, says he's pleased the judges found the districts consistent with federal law.
Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery is seeking re-election after not being selected president of Alabama State University.
Ross was one of three finalists interviewed by the Alabama State trustees Friday, but they chose Gwendolyn Boyd from John Hopkins University.
Shortly after the selection, Ross announced he will run for a fourth term next year. Ross said he was thankful to be nominated to the Alabama State position, but he looks forward to continuing to represent his Montgomery County constituents.
The state teachers' organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections.
Campaign finance records show the Alabama Education Association has donated $770,000 to candidates since June. AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the group is donating to Democrats and Republicans who support public education.
The Birmingham-based Drummond Co. has donated $489,000. That included $25,000 donations to both Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.
Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.
The Anniston Star reported Sunday that state finance records show more than $11 million has been raised since June — when candidates first became eligible to receive contributions for their 2014 campaigns.
The newspaper says Republican candidates have picked up $6.8 million of that cash, while Democrats garnered only $861,000. Political action committees pulled in $6.3 million over the same time period.