Voters in Perry County will have an opportunity to have their voices heard in the county’s May 24 primary election.
The outcome of the Democratic primary will likely decide who will hold the position of Perry County coroner for the next four years. Longtime coroner George Pullom of Uniontown, who has held the position for many years, will retire at the end of this year’s term. Two candidates have qualified to seek the Democratic party’s nomination in that race.
Alabama Legislator Ralph Howard’s District 72, was re-drawn following the 2020 Census and now includes parts of Tuscaloosa County. It no longer includes any of Perry County. Sen. Bobby Singleton, also of Greensboro, has long represented parts of Perry County in District 24. Following the census, though, Singleton’s district also no longer includes any of Perry County.
Perry County will now be represented in the Alabma House of Representatives by District 67 and 68, and in the Alabama Senate by District 23.
There are no contested races for the local Perry County Republican primary, but many statewide offices will appear on the ballot.
The ballot will also include a statewide constitutional amendment, geared toward creating funding for state parks and historic sites.
Voters may select to vote either a Democratic or Republican ballot in the primary election.
In the Democratic primary, there will be six candidates vying for the nomination for governor. They are: Yolanda Rochelle Flowers, Malika Sanders Fortier, Patricia Slater Jamieson, Arthur Kennedy, Chad “Chig” Martin, and Doug “New Blue” Smith.
For U.S. Senator, three candidates will seek the nomination: Will Boyd, Brandaun Dean, and Lanny Jackson.
For Alabama State Senator, District 23, the seat vacated by gubernatorial candidate Malika Sanders Fortier, four candidates are seeking the nomination: Darrio Melton, Hank Sanders, Thayer “Bear” Spencer, and Robert L. Stewart.
For State Representative, District 67, which includes most of Perry County following the most recent reapportionment of state legislative districts, the two candidates will be Prince Chestnut and Larine Irby Pettway.
For State Representative, District 68, which includes the portion of Perry County located south of Highway 80 following the most recent reapportionment of state legislative districts, incumbent State Rep. Thomas Jackson will go unchallenged.
For District Attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, incumbent Michael Jackson will face off against Marion attorney Robert H. Turner, Jr.
For Perry County Coroner, which is being vacated by longtime incumbent George Pullom, the two candidates will be Edward Jones, Sr. and Vinnie Royster. For Alabama Democratic Executive Committee (Female), for District 67, the candidates will be Abina Billups and Loudell Bryant.
For Perry County Democratic Executive Committee, District 4, the candidates will be Richard Bryant, Jeffery M. Easley, Barbara K. How, Jamaal O. Hunter, Henrietta E. Jones, Josephine Taylor Moore, Larry W. Strother, and Melvin Turner. For this position, voters may select no more than seven candidates.
For the Republican primary, there will be nine candidates vying for the gubernatorial nomination. They are: Lindy Blanchard, Lew Burdette, Stacy Lee George, incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey, Tim James, Donald Trent jones, Dean Odle, Dave Thomas, and Dean Young.
Six candidates will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Richard Shelby. They are: Lillie Boddie, Katie Britt, Mo Brooks, Karla M. Dupriest, Mike Durant, and Jake Schafer.
Two candidates will seek the party’s nomination for Attorney General, including current incumbent Steve Marshall and challenger Harry Bartlett Still III. For Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place 5, Greg Cook and Debra Jones will seek the nomination.
For Secretary of State, Wes Allen, Christian Horn, Ed Packard, and Jim Zeigler will vie for the party’s nomination.
The ticket includes three candidates for State Auditor: Stan Cooke, Rusty Glover, and Andrew Sorrell. For Public Service Commission, Place 1, the candidates will be John Hammock, Stephen McLamb, Jeremy H. Oden, and Brent Woodall.
For Public Service Commission, Place 2, the candidates will be Chip Beeker, Robin Litaker, and Robert L. McCollum.
Both parties’ ballots will include a Yes-or-No referendum on proposed Statewide Amendment 1, which would authorize the state to issue and sell bonds in an amount up to $85,000,000 for the purposes of the improvement, renovation, equipping, acquisition, provision, construction, and maintenance of Alabama’s state parks, public historical sites, and public historical parks.