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Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

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ALABAMA – October 22, 2018

When Alabama voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, they will have a chance to cast their ballots for the U.S. House of Representatives in six of the state's seven Congressional districts.

About 900,000 voters participated in the June 5 primary — 26.6% of the state’s registered voters. About 590,000 people voted in the Republican primary for governor, compared to about 283,000 in the Democratic primary.

Only Rep. Terri Sewell, the lone Democrat among the seven, is running unopposed.

Voters will not have a chance to vote for U.S. Senate. 

Alabama's senior Senator, Republican Richard Shelby, was elected to his sixth six-year term in 2016. Democratic Sen. Doug Jones's seat will be up for grabs in 2020. 

Here's a look at the Congressional districts and the candidates:

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

District 1

This south Alabama district includes Washington, Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia and Monroe counties and part of Clarke County.  

Rep. Bradley Roberts Byrne (born February 16, 1955)

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Byrne is an American business attorney and Republican congressman for Alabama's 1st congressional district. He served as chancellor of the Alabama Community College System from 2007 until his resignation in 2009 to run for the 2010 Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama. He was also a member of the Alabama State Senate from 2003 to 2007. He holds a degree from Duke University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and he also attended the University of Alabama. Byrne, R-Fairhope, was first elected to Congress in 2013, to fill the remainder of Jo Bonner's term after Bonner's resignation. He was elected to a full-term in 2014 and re-elected in 2016.

Here is his campaign website.

Robert Kennedy Jr.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Kennedy claims himself a fiscally responsible Democrat who leads with FAITH, a husband who works in the private sector to provide for his FAMILY, and, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Naval Officer who served in uniform to protect the FREEDOM that we hold dear. He ran in that party's 2017 U.S. Senate primary, coming in second to Doug Jones, getting less than 18% of the vote compared to Jones's 66%. Kennedy served nine years on active duty with the U.S. Navy before transitioning into the business world. He most recently served as the General Manager of Global eCommerce & Digital at Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.  

Here is his campaign website.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

District 2

This Wiregrass region district includes parts of Montgomery County and all of Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.  

Rep. Martha Roby

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Martha Roby (July 26, 1976) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 2nd congressional districtsince 2011. A member of the Republican Party, she defeated the incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Bobby Bright during the 2010 elections. Roby and Terri Sewell were the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in regular elections. Seeking a fifth term, Roby defeated Bright in a runoff for the GOP primary earlier this year. 

Here is her campaign website.

Tabitha Isner

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Isner, is a Democratic candidate for Alabama's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Isner is running in the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on June 5, 2018. She is an ordained minister who spent most of her career in policy work, focusing on early childhood education. This is her first run for office.

Here is her campaign website.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

District 3

This east central Alabama includes part of Montgomery County and all of Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa counties. 

Rep. Mike Rogers

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Rogers  (born July 16, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before he was elected to Congress, Rogers, R-Saks, served eight years in the Alabama House of Representatives. He recently dismissed rumors suggesting he was the leading candidate to become the head of the U.S. Air Force. 

Here is his campaign website.

Mallory Hytes Hagan

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Hagan (born December 23, 1988),  is an American politician and former beauty queen who won Miss America 2013 as Miss New York 2012. Prior to winning Miss America, Hagan was also Miss Brooklyn 2010,[1] Miss Manhattan 2011, Miss New York City 2012 and a two-time Miss New York first runner-up.  She won the Miss America competition on a platform of child sexual abuse awareness and prevention due to her family's history with child abuse. She also gave a response on the issue of gun control in which she opposed fighting violence with violence.

She is running in the 2018 congressional election as a Democrat in Alabama's 3rd congressional district, which contains 14 counties and includes her hometown of Opelika, Alabama. She is running because Congress needs more female members, she believes, and because she believes Rogers has been in office too long and is unresponsive to constituents. 

Here is her campaign website.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

District 4

This district includes all of Franklin, Colbert, Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Winston, Cullman, Lawrence, Marshall, Etowah, and DeKalb counties. It also includes parts of Jackson, Tuscaloosa, and Cherokee counties. 

Rep. Robert Aderholt

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Aderholt (born July 22, 1965) is the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 4th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes most of Tuscaloosa County north of the Black Warrior River, as well as the far northern suburbs of Birminghamin Walker County and the southern suburbs of Huntsville and Decatur.

Aderholt is a member of the congressional Tea Party Caucus and has taken conservative stands on issues such as abortion, tax reform, and defense spending.

Here is his campaign website.

Lee Auman

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Auman,  is a Democratic candidate for Alabama's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Auman is running in the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on June 5, 2018.

Here is his campaign website.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

District 5

This north Alabama district includes all of Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Morgan counties, and most of Jackson County. 

Rep. Mo Brooks

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Morris Jackson Brooks Jr. (born April 29, 1954) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 5th congressional district. He is a Republican. In 2017, he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions upon his confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. In March 2018, he was rated the House's least bipartisan member by The Lugar Center.

Here is his campaign website.

Peter Joffrion

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Joffrion, the former longtime Huntsville city attorney, was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and has promised to have open communication with his constituents. Joffrion retired on Dec. 31, 2015, after spending 30 years as city attorney.  

Here is his campaign website.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

District 6

The district includes many of the suburban cities in Jefferson County and all of Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, and Shelby counties. 

Rep. Gary Palmer

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Palmer, (born May 14, 1954) is an American politician from the state of Alabama. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2014, he represents Alabama's 6th congressional district. Prior to his career as an elected official, Palmer co-founded and served as the long-time president of the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank.[1] He is a member of the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives.

Here is his campaign website.

Danner Kline

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Kline is a Democratic candidate for Alabama's 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Kline is running in the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on June 5, 2018. Kline currently manages the craft beer portfolio for a beverage wholesaler. 

Here is his campaign website.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

District 7

The district includes all of Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Pickens, Perry, Sumter, and Wilcox counties, and parts of Clarke, Jefferson, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa counties. The district includes all of Selma and parts of Birmingham, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. 

Rep. Terrycina Andrea Sewell

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Sewell (born January 1, 1965) is an American politician of the Democratic Party serving as the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 7th congressional district since 2011. The 7th district includes most of the Black Belt, as well as most of the predominantly black portions of BirminghamTuscaloosa, and Montgomery.

Sewell is the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama.[3] She is the only Democrat in Alabama's seven-member congressional delegation. Sewell and Republican Martha Roby, also elected in 2010, are the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in regular elections.

A native of Selma, Sewell is a graduate of Princeton UniversityHarvard Law School, and Oxford University. She is a public finance attorney.

Sewell, the only Alabama Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, is the only Alabama Congressperson not facing a challenger this election year.

Alabama Elections 2018: Candidate Review

Statewide races

In addition to the race for governor between incumbent Kay Ivey and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, there are several other statewide offices on the ballot.

Here is a look at those candidates.

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is Oct. 22. For voters not able to go to the polls on election day, the last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov. 1.

Author: USA Really