The Christian Conservatives of Alabama released their endorsements last week. At the top of their Republican Primary endorsements are Tim James for governor and Congressman Mo Brooks for U.S. Senate.
Tim James is a Greenville businessman and the son of former Gov. Fob James. James is one of 14 challengers (both Democrat and Republican) running against incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey (R).
“What is at stake in this election is America's Christian Heritage,” the group wrote in a statement. “America is losing our freedoms. The tea party movement is not just about winning this election, it is about taking our country back. Bring Back The Traditional Values That Made America Great. Fortunately, the younger generation are learning the old successful philosophy of Christian Education.”
The group historically has been staunchly anti-gambling. They were a major force in the effort to defeat Don Siegelman’s lottery proposal, distributing tens of thousands of anti-lottery signs. James is a staunch opponent of the Ivey gambling plan.
Rep. Brooks is running for the Senate seat currently held by the retiring Richard Shelby (R-Alabama). Brooks is an attorney and former prosecutor. He is in his sixth term representing Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District, is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and is considered to be one of the most conservative members of Congress. Six Republicans and three Democrats are running for the rare open Senate seat.
Those candidates wishing an endorsement from the group were asked to answer a questionnaire about their beliefs.
The group has also endorsed Debra Jones for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Place 5, Jim Zeigler for Secretary of State, Andrew Sorrell for State Auditor, and Robin Litaker for Public Service Commission Place 2. The group was divided over Public Service Commission Place 1, so it endorsed both Brent Woodall and Stephen McLamb.
For State Board of Education Place 2, the Conservative Christians of Alabama have endorsed Alex Balkcum, and for SBOE place 8 their endorsement went to incumbent Wayne Reynolds.
In Alabama’s Third Congressional District they have endorsed Pell City plumber Michael Joiner over ten-term incumbent Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks). In the Fifth Congressional District they have endorsed former State Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) in the open seat.
To see more of the group’s endorsements, including state legislative races, visit its website.
Both major party primaries are on Tuesday. All registered Alabama voters have the option of voting in either the Republican party primary or the Democratic party primary. Races where the party has no candidate or only one candidate qualified will not be on the primary ballot.
To learn more about the candidates on the Democratic Party primary ballot.
To learn more about the candidates on the Republican Party primary ballot.
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