Greenville businessman Tim James, the son of former Alabama Governor Fob James (R) will formally kick off his campaign Wednesday on the steps of the Alabama Capitol at 10 a.m. James is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in 2022.
He is expected to outline his platform which he claims will transform Alabama into a national leader in preserving America's heritage while focusing on critical issues to move our state into the next generation of economic powerhouses.
This is James’ third attempt to win the Republican nomination. In 2010, he narrowly missed the Republican primary runoff. State Rep. Robert Bentley (R-Tuscaloosa) went on to win the nomination and the election. In 2002, Congressman Bob Riley (R-AL03) won the Republican nomination and the gubernatorial election.
James has already made waves in this campaign by denouncing legislation passed last year allowing yoga to be taught as an elective in Alabama’s public K-12 schools. He also came out and called for the Alabama medical cannabis bill to be repealed. Both measures passed the legislature with broad bipartisan support.
James is challenging incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey (R) in the Republican primary even though Ivey has very high approval ratings in the most recent polls. Springville Mayor Dave Thomas, former Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda Blanchard, Lee County Pastor Dean Odle, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacey George, and King’s Home President Lew Burdette are also running seeking the Republican nomination for Governor. State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) has been campaigning for Governor for months, but there is rampant speculation in political circles that Zeigler will run for Secretary of State instead. Chad “Chig” Martin, Chris Countryman, and Yolanda Rochelle Flowers are running for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Major party qualifying will continue through Jan. 28, so more candidates are likely to enter the governor’s race.
The Republican Party primary is on May 24.