Remember recent elections where there was literally “nobody to vote for” because Alabama Democrats couldn’t field even one candidate? Hopefully, those days are over. On Tuesday, August 15, you get to pick from not one, not two, but seven candidates!
Haven’t chosen a favorite yet? Here are some links and video clips to help you make your decision. If you do have a favorite, please tell us in the comments who you picked and why!
We’ve had many candidate forums held across Alabama and organizers posted some of them online.
- July 25 Democratic Primary Debate in Huntsville
- July 29 Tuscaloosa Young Democrats candidate debate
- August 3 Democratic candidate forum in Huntsville
Here we go… Candidates are in alphabetical order.
Boyd was the Democratic candidate in AL-05 against Congressman Mo Brooks in 2016. His slogan is “People Over Politics.”
- Will Boyd on the issues
- Will Boyd Facebook page
- A Pro-Gun Democrat for Senate
- Lauderdale County Minister Seeks Nomination
- Announcement video from Shoals Democratic Club
- YouTube Video from Will Boyd’s campaign
Caldwell is a Talladega County constable who ran as a Hillary Clinton delegate in 2016. His campaign slogan is “We the People Command.”
- Vann Caldwell campaign Web site
- Talladega constable seeks Senate nomination
- Caldwell’s YouTube video channel.
Fisher is a non-profit organization executive from the Gulf Coast. He’s a single father raising a daughter with special needs, so he has a lot of experience with the health care system. His campaign slogan is “A New Generation of Leadership.”
- Jason Fisher campaign Web site
- Jason Fisher Facebook page
- WPMI “Know Your Candidates” interview with Jason Fisher
- Orange Beach Democrat runs for Senate on health care mission
- Jason Fisher for Senate videos (there are a lot!)
Hansen is the Senate candidate who has taken social media by storm. He’s director of a non-profit health advocacy organization in Birmingham. Hansen says that Alabama deserves a fresh face in Washington.
- Michael Hansen campaign Web site
- Michael Hansen Facebook page
- Michael Hansen seeks success on the left
- Hansen threatens Democrats’ “Old Guard”
- Michael Hansen Millennial Politics
- Michael Hansen YouTube channel
A former US District Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jones helped convict two Klansman who participated in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. He has gained some significant endorsements, include former VP Joe Biden, and Rep. John Lewis.
- Doug Jones campaign Web site
- Doug Jones Facebook page
- Doug Jones want to stress “kitchen table issues”
- Rep. John Lewis endorses Doug Jones
- Former VP Biden endorses Doug Jones
- Doug Jones interviews and videos on YouTube
No, he’s not one of those Kennedys – the Massachusetts variety. This Kennedy is a sort of mystery candidate who brags that he has “no money and no endorsements.” He says that he is a “God first fiscally conservative Democrat.”
- Robert Kennedy, Jr. campaign Web site
- Kennedy Facebook page
- Mystery candidate Kennedy running as a “Conservative Democrat”
- Alabama Political Reporter interview with Kennedy
- Meet US Senate candidate Robert Kennedy, Jr.
- Kennedy for Senate YouTube channel
A naturalized American citizen, Charles Nana was a 2016 Senate primary candidate, and now he’s making another run for a Senate seat. He says it’s time for a “Fresh New Wind” in Alabama politics.
- Charles Nana’s campaign Web site
- Charles Nana Facebook page
- Democrat Charles Nana to “demand our leaders tell the truth” in Senate campaign
- Get to know Charles Nana
- Charles Nana talks about campaign issues
- Charles Nana on YouTube
Here’s your to-do list for the Senate primary:
- Check the status of your registration and find your polling place at the Alabama Secretary of State’s Web site.
- Choose your favorite Democratic candidate.
- Grab some friends and go to the polls on Tuesday, August 15.
The Secretary of State is predicting very low turnout (20-25%) for the primary on Tuesday. A low turnout election often produces unexpected results. With this many candidates, just a few votes could make the difference. Don’t assume anything. GO VOTE!