Tuesday June 5 primary elections feature many critical state and local contests

Next Tuesday, June 5. 2018 will be an important primary election day for state and local office for both the Democratic and Republican parties.
All State constitutional offices (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner) the entire State Legislature, all Congressional seats, County Sheriffs, County Commissions, Coroners and many other positions are up for election.
The Democratic Party hopes to sustain the momentum and turnout of last December’s Special Election when Doug Jones was elected as the first Democrat to win statewide in twenty-five years.
In the Democratic primary for Governor, there are six candidates including Sue Bell Cobb, Christopher Countryman, James C. Fields Jr., Walt Maddox, Doug ‘New Blue’ Smith and Anthony White. Walt Maddox, the Mayor of Tuscaloosa, has been endorsed by ANSA, ADC, the Mayor of Birmingham and others.
On the Republican side, incumbent Governor Kay Ivey is running against several challengers including Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville, Bill Hightower, Scott Dawson and Michael McAllister.
The Republicans also have a race for Lieutenant Governor including Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, Will Ainsworth and Rusty Glover. Only one person qualified in the Democratic race for Lieutenant Governor, Rev. Will Boyd of Florence, who will not be on the Democratic ballot in the primary, but will e listed in the November 6, 2018 General Election.

For State Attorney General, there are two Democratic candidates: Chris Christie and Joe Siegelman. Siegelman endorsed by ANSA and Christie endorsed by ADC. The Republicans have incumbent Steve Marshall shall pitted against Alice Martin, Troy King and Chess Bedsole.
In Greene County local races, there is strong interest in the Democratic Party primary. There are no candidates for county offices on the Republican ballot.
Person wishing to vote in the Republican Primary for statewide offices, including Public Service Commission Place 2, where local businessman, Chis ‘Chip’ Beeker is running for re-election against one challenger, Robin Litaker, will not be able to vote in local contests in the Democratic Party. You must choose the party primary you want to vote in and remain with that party throughout the first and second primaries.
In Greene County, in the Democratic Primary, two candidates are contesting the Circuit Clerk’s position: Debra D. Blackmon and Veronica Morton Jones. Jones is endorsed by ANSA.
In the race for Greene County Probate Judge, six candidates are running for the position vacated by Judy Spree. The six are: James Carter, John Kennard, Jeremy Rancher, Rashon Smith, Grace Belton Stanford and Rolonda Wedgeworth. ANSA endorsed Jeremy Rancher,
For Greene County Sheriff, three are challenging incumbent Sheriff Jonathan ‘Joe’ Benison, including Jimmie L. Benison, Lorenzo French and Beverly Spencer; Lorenzo French was endorsed by ANSA.
For Greene County Coroner, incumbent Ronald Kent Smith is opposed by Finest Gandy Jr. Smith was endorsed by ANSA.
For State Democratic Executive Committee, for District 72, which includes parts of Greene, Hale and Perry counties, Arthur Crawford, James F. May and John Zippert are running. John Zippert was endorsed by ANSA. For the female position on the State Democratic Executive Committee, three women are running: Carrie B. McFadden, Jerildine Melton and Johnnie Mae Scott. ANSA made no endorsement in this race.
For Greene County Commission District No. 1: Lester ‘Bop” Brown, the incumbent is running against James Gaines Jr. ANSA endorsed Lester Brown.
In District No. 2 for County Commissioner, incumbent Tennyson Smith was not opposed in the primary and will not have opposition in the General Election.
In District No. 3 for Commissioner, incumbent Corey Cockrell is challenged by Elzora C. Fluker. Fluker was endorsed by ANSA.
In District No. 4 for Commissioner, incumbent Allen Turner Jr. is opposed by John H. Vester. Turner was endorsed by ANSA.
In District No. 5 for Commissioner, incumbent Michael Williams is challenged by Marvin Childs, Grace Atkins Lavender, Rashonda Summerville and Marvin K. Walton. Summerville was endorsed by ANSA.


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