Albert Day Legg III, who was added to the ballot this week, will face current District Judge Henry Allred, a Republican.
Legg said he failed to qualify as a Democratic candidate prior to this year’s primary election because of an earlier-than-normal qualifying deadline.
“They moved up the qualifying time, and due to time constraints, I was unable to meet the deadline,” Legg said. “After that, I really didn’t know if I wanted to run or not, but then I had a lot of people contacting me saying they wanted me to run. That’s when I really decided I wanted to do this.”
Legg received word this week that he had gained enough signatures on a petition to be added as an Independent candidate.
In a letter from Secretary of State Jim Bennett dated June 20, Legg was told “the Election Division staff has completed the process of verifying signatures on your petition for ballot access as an Independent candidate for Walker County District Judge, Place 1.”
By law, to be certified as an Independent candidate, a petitition of signatures equaling or exceeding 3 percent of the qualified voters who cast ballots in the previous general election must be obtained.
Legg, who needed a little more than 670 signatures to qualify, gained 971 signatures.
“This letter informs you that you have obtained sufficient signatures to fulfill this particular statutory requirement toward gaining certification for ballot access as an Independent candidate …” the letter, signed by Bennett, concluded.
“That wasn’t easy,” Legg said of gaining the necessary number of signatures. “But people were really receptive to it. Most people don’t like just having one candidate on a ballot. People want a choice.”
Legg, a 1983 graduate of Walker High School and later a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, has practiced law in Walker County since 1998 after earning his law degree at the Birmingham School of Law.
Prior to that, Legg worked as a registered nurse after graduating in 1990 from Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. He continues to maintain his nursing license.
“As an attorney in private practice in Walker County, I am all too familiar with the District Court of Walker County,” Legg said this week. “Being in District Court, I have been exposed to some horrific problems that plague Walker County. Many times, it is the same problems that many of my patients were faced with when I worked as a nurse at Bryce Mental Hospital in Tuscaloosa and in the Behavioral Medicine Unit at Walker Baptist Medical Center.”
Legg and his wife, Karla, have been married since 1987.
They have four children — daughters Mary Charles, Rebecca Jean and America Jane and son Joseph Cody.
“I think a lot of people these days are Independent-minded,” Legg said. “There are a lot of Democrats and a lot of Republicans, but then there are a lot of people who see problems with both parties.”