Row 1: AL Sen. Slade Blackwell, AL.Sen. Del Marsh and Congressman Robert Aderholt. Row 2: Sen. Luther Strange, AL. Sen. Tripp Pittman and suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore. Row 3: Perry Hooper, Jr. and Rep. Ed Henry.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –
Qualifying is now underway for Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate seat with primaries scheduled for August 15 and a general election on Dec. 12.
Sen. Luther Strange, a Republican appointed in February by Gov. Robert Bentley, has said he will be running to complete the term of Jeff Sessions, who left the senate seat to become Attorney General in the Trump Administration.
Suspended Republican Chief Justice Roy Moore has set a Wednesday news conference on the steps of the state capital to announce his political future. He has invited the public to attend. If Moore were to run, he would have to resign his position as chief justice.
Congressman Robert Aderholt, a Haleyville Republican, who has represented Alabama’s fourth congressional district since 1997, is considering a potential campaign.
Several state legislators have either announced plans to run or consider a campaign.
Rep. Ed Henry, a Hartselle Republican, has said he will run. Hartselle, who was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential bid, is best known for pushing for impeachment of Bentley, who resigned from office the day formal hearings in the House Judiciary Committee started.
The presiding officer of the Alabama Senate, Sen. Del Marsh, an Anniston Republican, has said he will make a decision soon on whether he will be a candidate.
Sen. Tripp Pitman, a Montrose Republican, and Sen. Slade Blackwell, a Birmingham Republican, have also indicated they will consider running.
Perry Hooper, Jr., a former state lawmaker and co-chairman of the Trump campaign in Alabama, announced a senate exploratory committee last week.
Democrats have remained mostly quiet on a potential run for U.S. Senate.
The qualifying deadline to appear on the ballot is May 17.
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