Appellate prosecutor Rich Anderson is seeking the Republican Party nomination for an open seat on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

The seat Anderson is seeking is currently held by Chris McCool, who recently announced his candidacy for the Alabama Supreme Court.

"I believe that experience counts, and that Alabamians need someone who will bring both experience and common-sense conservativism to the Court of Criminal Appeals," Anderson said. "I've dedicated my career to standing up for Alabama crime victims in the appellate courts, and appellate judges should never forget that the victims of a crime also have a strong interest in making sure that each case reaches a just conclusion. I'm ready to do the hard work needed to make sure Alabamans can trust their justice system to be strong and effective."

"Alabama needs a true conservative on the Court of Criminal Appeals," he added. "That's who I am, and that's why I'm running."

Anderson, a Montgomery native and practicing lawyer for over 20 years, ran for the appeals court in 2018 but failed to garner the GOP nomination. McCool won the 2018 nomination and won unopposed in the general election.

"Judge McCool is a fine man and a good judge," Anderson said. "In my time as an appellate prosecutor, I've advocated for Alabama crime victims before Judge McCool and have been impressed."

Anderson, a member of the Federalist Society and the NRA, began his career as a clerk in the Alabama Supreme Court. For the past 15 years, he has worked as an appellate prosecutor in the Attorney general's office, working for the state to fight appeals from capital murder convictions.

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