Appeals Races Fill Up
This week saw the birth of candidacies by Republicans Phillip Wood and Terry Moore for open appellate seats. But the most interesting occurrence surrounding these events was the appearance of Tom Parker at the Wood announcement.
This is further evidence of an organized effort by religious conservatives to field their own judicial slate unafraid to take on business-backed established GOP judges. Though many feel Roy Moore is behind this effort, the face in front is that of Tom Parker. As one e-mailer said to me this week, "There may not be a Moore ticket, but it sure looks like some kind of Parker ticket is taking shape".
Democrats got some good news as well as Birmingham attorney Jim McFerrin signaled interest in an appellate seat. Dem chair Joe Turnham also mentioned another mystery candidate who he expects to announce soon. Counting those two candidates, Democrats still need to field 6 more candidates for a full judicial slate. I expect the Democrats to run candidates for all the court seats, but at this rate there might be more Parker-backed candidates than Democrats after the April filing deadline.
Keep track of the candidate developments with the AlabamaElections Directory.