Alabama to hold primary elections Tuesday
by Rachel Davis
Mar 12, 2012 | 2458 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alabama will hold its primary election on Tuesday. The polls in Walker County will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Voters in Alabama must choose to vote on a Republican or Democratic ballot.

Those voting on a Democratic ballot will only have Barack Obama listed for the presidential race, while Republicans can choose among Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rock Santorum as their candidate for the fall.

Republicans will also have choices to make in the top state elections. In the race for the Republican nomination for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, voters can choose between Mobile County Circuit Judge and former Attorney General Charlie Graddick, current Chief Justice Chuck Malone and former Chief Justice Roy Moore to contend against Democratic candidate, Harry Lyon, in the fall.

Republicans will have to choose between Tommy Bryant and Debra Jones for the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place 1.

In the race for president of the Public Service Commission, responsible for regulating the amount utility and other unregulated companies can charge and the profit they can make, Republicans will have to choose from current PSC member Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, Chip Brown, of Mobile, and Kathy Peterson, a Shelby County businesswoman. The winner of that race will face the current PSC president, Democrat Lucy Baxley in the fall.

Republicans will also have to choose between David Black and Jeff Newman in the race for State Board of Education, District 7. There is no Democratic candidate in the election and the Republican candidates are vying to replace incumbent Gary Warren, who is not seeking reelection.

Democrats will choose between Daniel Bowman and Rick Neighbors for U.S. Representative from the 4th Congressional District. The winner of that race will face incumbent Robert Aderholt in the fall.

The bulk of the local races consist of candidates vying for a spot on the Walker County Commission. The County Commission manages county funds, facilities, services and roadways.

In District 1, which covers much of the northern part of the county, including Curry, Republicans can choose between Patrick Suchey and Keith Davis.

In District 2, which covers the western part of the county, including Carbon Hill, Eldridge and Townley, Republicans will choose between Michelle Pendley and Davey “Coach” Reed, while Deocrats will decide between Cordova Police Chief Kenneth Bobo or incumbent Dan Wright.

In District 3, which covers the southernmost part of the county, including Cordova, Parrish and Oakman, Decocrats will choose between Urwane Westbrook and George Fitzpatrick Jr, while Republicans decide between Josh Madison, Bobby Nunnelley and Paul Ratliff.

In District 4, which covers east Walker County, including Sumiton and Dora, Democrats will choose between Mike Cupps and Otto Tolbert.

Walker County Republicans will also choose a candidate for treasurer, between incumbent Sheila Rice and challenger Eddie Miller.

In the county’s constable races, Republicans in Beat 21 will choose between Randall Clay Peterson and Jerald Watts. In Beat 42, Democrats will choose between Bruce Travis and Roger Whited.