Qualifying for local races begins this month
by Rachel Davis
Jan 19, 2014 | 2075 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several county positions will be up for election this fall and candidates have already begun declaring their intentions and hitting the campaign trail.

The primary election will be held June 3 to choose representatives for each party and the general election will be held Nov. 4.

The positions for election this year are Walker County Sheriff, Walker County Coroner, Walker County Revenue Commissioner, one District 14 Judge, Superintendent of Walker County Schools and Chairman of the Board of Education for Walker County.

Officially, the first step is qualifying with the respective parties.

The Walker County Republican Party will open qualifying on Jan. 27 and will continue to qualify candidates through Feb. 7, according to party chair Keith Davis.

“Qualifying” consists of submitting a Declaration of Candidacy and the entry fee for the office (now set at 2 percent of the salary of the position the individual is seeking).

After qualifying with the party, the individual has five days to submit a Statement of Economic Interest and Appointment of Principal Campaign Committee Form with the county probate office.

Once the party receives all of the candidates’ qualification materials, they can certify the candidates or challenge them through the probate office.

Only certified candidates appear on the ballots. Candidates must submit monthly financial statements regarding campaign funds raised and expenditures.

As the election draws closer, those reports are required weekly. Qualifying for the Walker County Democratic Party will reportedly be held the first week of February, but calls to the party’s chair were not returned Friday or Saturday.

The Alabama District 5 Senate seat and District 13 and 14 House seats are also up for election, but they qualify in the state capital rather than locally.