Amari Ponders PSC Race
Amari was elected to the State House as a Democrat in 1978 and served in the State Senate from 1982-1998 (changing parties before the 1990 election). Amari was narrowly defeated by Steve Windom in the GOP 1998 primary for Lieutenant Governor. His 2002 comeback bid failed as he lost to State Sen Steve French in the GOP primary for Senate District 15.
If Amari runs he would face Perry Hooper Jr., who was ousted from the state legislature in 2002, in the GOP primary. An Amari/Hooper primary would be interesting as they are both trying to revive political careers recently gone off track. While Hooper Jr. has higher statewide name recognition (thanks mostly to his father), Amari's JeffCo base is bigger and he has run statewide before. Both Hooper and Amari have stayed politically active since their defeats, but a primary pitting the two would probably end the loser's political career.
However, even the winner of this hypothetical primary is not guaranteed a seat on the PSC. Democrat Susan Parker should be a strong candidate as well. Throw in the only other announced candidate, Democrat Debbie Murphree (who's lost county races in Autauga), and each candidate running for this PSC seat has lost his or her most recent race(s).
Fortunately at least one of them will see their electoral slumps reversed in 2006.