The Green Papers: Alabama 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 5 June 2018
Runoff (if necessary): Tuesday 17 July 2018
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Friday 9 February 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 5 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Tuesday 5 June 2018 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor party.
Tuesday 17 July 2018 - Runoff (if necessary). Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:4,802,982 (1.55% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:9(1.67% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
Capital:Montgomery
 

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Alabama State and Local Government


If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the primary, a runoff will be held between the top two vote-getters.


2018 Election Information from the Alabama Secretary of State.

List of Qualified Candidates from the Alabama Democratic Party.

2018 ALGOP Qualified Candidates from the Alabama Republican Party.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Democratic Senator  Doug Jones
First elected in a Special Election 12 December 2017 [re: resignation of Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions, III (Republican) who was confirmed as Attorney General in the Trump administration.]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 

Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions, III (Republican) who was first elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014 was confirmed as Attorney General in the Trump administration on 8 February 2017 by the U.S. Senate, 52-47.
9 February 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican) named state Attorney General Luther Strange to the seat.
On 9 February 2017, Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican) called a special election concurrent with the regular 6 November 2018 election to fill the remaining 2 years of the term.
18 April 2017: Governor Kay Ivey (Republican) called a Special Election for Tuesday 12 December 2017. The primary is Tuesday 15 August 2017. If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the primary, a Tuesday 26 September 2017 runoff will be held between the top two vote-getters.
12 December 2017: Doug Jones (Democratic) is elected in a Special Election.
28 December 2017: Doug Jones (Democratic) is certified as the winner.
3 January 2018: Doug Jones (Democratic) is sworn.


Class 3 Republican Senator  Richard C. Shelby
First elected as a Democrat: 1986; re-elected: 1992; Changed Party affiliation to Republican: 9 November 1994; re-elected as a Republican: 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016.
[also served in the U.S. House- elected: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984 as a Democrat]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Republican Governor  Kay Ivey
Ascended to the chair 10 April 2017 following the resigation of Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican).
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (12)
  Candidate Democratic     former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb
  Candidate Democratic     Christopher A. Countryman
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative James C. Fields, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     Tuscaloosa Mayor  Walt Maddox
  Candidate Democratic     Doug "New Blue" Smith
  Candidate Democratic     Anthony White
  Candidate Republican     Huntsville Mayor  Thomas "Tommy" Battle, Jr.
  Candidate Republican     Scott Dawson
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Bill Hightower
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Kay Ivey
  Candidate Republican     Michael McAllister
  Candidate Independent     Mark Johnston
 10 April 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, resigned amid a sex scandal. Following his resignation, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (Republican) was sworn in as Governor.
10 April 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley was booked at the Montgomery County jail on misdemeanor charges involving campaign finance violations.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. Elected separately from the Governor.

Seat up for regular election
Vacant
Republican Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Lieutenant Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Vacant Office
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     former Greenville Illinois City Councilman Will Boyd
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Will Ainsworth
  Candidate Republican     Alabama Public Service Commissioner  Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Rusty Glover
 10 April 2017: Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey ascended to the Governor's chair following the resignation of Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican).

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
6 Republican (3 Renominated, 3 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Bradley Roberts Byrne
First elected in a special election: 17 December 2013 (re: resignation of Congressman Josiah Robins "Jo" Bonner, Jr. [Republican]).
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated - 5 June 2018 Primary
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Kennedy, Jr.
FEC H8AL01066; 31 Mar 18; Tot $54,259; Dsb $155
  Candidate Democratic     Lizzetta Hill McConnell
FEC H8AL01082
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Bradley Roberts Byrne
FEC H4AL01123; 31 Mar 18; Tot $750,052; Dsb $432,340

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Martha Roby
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Tabitha Kay Isner
FEC H8AL02197; 31 Mar 18; Tot $130,055; Dsb $52,735
  Candidate Democratic     Audri Scott Williams
FEC H8AL02163
  Candidate Republican     Thomas Marrion "Tommy" Amason, III
FEC H8AL02189; 31 Mar 18; Tot $15,003; Dsb $11,114
  Candidate Republican     former Congressman  Bobby Neal Bright, Sr.
First elected to the U.S. House as a Democrat: 2008; unsuccessful candidate for reelection: 2010.

FEC H8AL02213; 31 Mar 18; Tot $344,630; Dsb $14,944
  Candidate Republican     Rich Hobson
FEC H8AL02205; 31 Mar 18; Tot $45,437; Dsb $14,007
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Felix Barry "Barry" Moore
FEC H8AL02171; 31 Mar 18; Tot $91,661; Dsb $86,262
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Martha Roby
FEC H0AL02087; 31 Mar 18; Tot $1,171,716; Dsb $396,262

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Michael Dennis "Mike" Rogers
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated - 5 June 2018 Primary
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Mallory Hagan
FEC H8AL03054; 31 Mar 18; Tot $104,355; Dsb $28,505
  Candidate Democratic     Adia McClellan Winfrey
FEC H8AL03062; 31 Mar 18; Tot $8,756; Dsb $1,346
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Michael Dennis "Mike" Rogers
FEC H2AL03032; 31 Mar 18; Tot $799,756; Dsb $382,740
  Candidate Independent     Thomas "Sick of DC" Casson
FEC H4AL03053

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Robert Brown Aderholt
First elected: 1996
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     James Lee "Lee" Auman
FEC H8AL04094; 31 Mar 18; Tot $12,030; Dsb $3,245
  Candidate Democratic     Ricky Allen "Rick" Neighbors
FEC H8AL04086; 30 Sep 18; Tot $17,301; Dsb $14,181
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Robert Brown Aderholt
FEC H6AL04098; 31 Mar 18; Tot $931,025; Dsb $623,142
  Candidate Republican     Anthony Blackmon
FEC H8AL04102

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Morris J. "Mo" Brooks, Jr.
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
15 May 2017: Candidate in the Special Election for the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat.
15 August 2017: Did not receive his party's nomination in the Special Election primary for the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat.
13 December 2017: Announced that he has "high-risk prostate cancer".
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     former Huntsville City Attorney Peter S. Joffrion
FEC H8AL05190; 31 Mar 18; Tot $201,463; Dsb $124,021
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Morris J. "Mo" Brooks, Jr.
FEC H0AL05163; 31 Mar 18; Tot $1,199,741; Dsb $1,680,479
  Candidate Republican     Robert Clayton "Clayton" Hinchman
FEC H8AL05208; 31 Mar 18; Tot $179,488; Dsb $85,321

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Gary Palmer
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated - 5 June 2018 Primary
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Danner Kline
FEC H8AL06099; 31 Mar 18; Tot $120,368; Dsb $89,913
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Gary Palmer
FEC H4AL06098; 31 Mar 18; Tot $782,984; Dsb $450,199

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Terrycina Andrea "Terri" Sewell
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Terrycina Andrea "Terri" Sewell
FEC H0AL07086; 31 Mar 18; Tot $977,861; Dsb $501,445

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State John Harold Merrill
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated - 5 June 2018 Primary
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     Lula "SGM Ret" Albert
  Candidate Democratic     Heather Milam
  Candidate Republican     Marshall County Revenue Commissioner  Michael Johnson
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State John Harold Merrill

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Attorney General  Steven Troy "Steve" Marshall
Appointed 10 February 2017 re: Attorney General Luther Strange (Republican) appointment to the state's Senate Class 2 seat.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (6)
  Candidate Democratic     Christie "Chris" Christie
  Candidate Democratic     Joseph Siegelman
  Candidate Republican     former Judge Chess Bedsole
  Candidate Republican     former Attorney General Troy King
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Steven Troy "Steve" Marshall
  Candidate Republican     Alice Martin
 

9 February 2017: Attorney General Luther Strange (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, was appointed to the state's Senate Class 2 seat by Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican) after Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions, III (Republican) was confirmed as Attorney General in the Trump administration by the U.S. Senate the day before.
10 February 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley appointed Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall as Alabama Attorney General.


Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Treasurer Young Boozer
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - At term limit.
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Republican     Colbert County Commissioner David L. Black
  Candidate Republican     Stephen D. Evans
  Candidate Republican     Agriculture and Industries Commissioner  John McMillan
15 May 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
20 December 2017: Candidate for Treasurer in 2018.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor  Jim "Zig" Zeigler
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
21 June 2017: Formed an exploratory committee for Governor.
27 January 2018: Announced he would not run for Governor.
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     Miranda Karrine Joseph
  Candidate Republican     Stan Cooke
  Candidate Republican     Elliott Lipinsky
  Candidate Republican     Auditor  Jim "Zig" Zeigler

Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Agriculture and Industries Commissioner  John McMillan
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - At term limit.
15 May 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
20 December 2017: Candidate for Treasurer in 2018.
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Republican     Tracy "T.O." Crane
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Gerald O. Dial
  Candidate Republican     Cecil Murphy
  Candidate Republican     Lowndesboro Mayor  Rick Pate
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 incumbents, 23 candidates
  Republican: 14 incumbents, 36 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
  Reform (affiliates)
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  Alabama Secretary of State
  Alabama Secretary of State
  AlabamaVotes.gov
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Alabama Legislature
Democratic
  Alabama Democratic Party
Republican
  Alabama Republican Party
Third Party
  Alabama Green Party
  Constitution Party of Alabama
  Justice Party of Alabama
  Libertarian Party of Alabama
  Reform Party of Alabama
  The The Unity Party of Alabama
Media & others
  Alabama Political Reporter
  Andalusia Star News
  Daily Mountain Eagle - Jasper
  Hartselle Enquirer
  Montgomery Advertiser
  Politics1.com - Alabama
  The Cullman Times
  The Daily Home - Talladega
  The Daily Sentinel - Scottsboro
  The Decatur Daily
  The Demopolis Times
  The Dothan Eagle
  The Gadsden Times
  The Messinger - Troy
  The Opelika-Auburn News - Opelika
  The Outlook - Alexander City & Lake Martin
  The Star - Anniston
  The Times-Journal - Fort Payne
  The Valley Times-News - Lanett
  Times Daily - Florence
  Tuscaloosa News
  WAAY TV - ABC - Huntsville
  WAFF TV - NBC - Huntsville
  WAKA TV - CBS - Montgomery
  WAKA TV-8 (ABC - Montgomery)
  WBRC TV - FOX - Birmingham
  WHNT TV - Huntsville
  WIAT TV-42 (CBS - Birmingham)
  WKRG TV-5 (CBS - Mobile)
  WNCF TV - ABC - Montgomery
  WPMI TV-15 (NBC - Mobile)
  WSFA TV - NBC - Montgomery
  WVTM TV-13 (NBC - Birmingham)
  WZDX TV-8 (FOX - Huntsville)
  Yellowhammer - Montgomery

 


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