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June 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the Statehouse

At least for the state’s highest offices, the recent primary elections yielded no surprises.

  • 2014 Primary Elections: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley coasted to the Republican nomination for a second four-year term as governor. In November, he will face Democratic challenger, retired physician and former state senator Parker Griffin, who easily won his party’s nomination. Lt. Governor Kay Ivey easily won the Republican nomination to seek a second term in office.  She will face Democrat James Fields in the general election. Republican Attorney Luther Strange will face Democrat Joe Hubbard in the general election, neither of whom had a primary challenger. In the hotly contested race for the vacant District 6 U. S. House seat Republicans Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer will meet in a July 15th runoff to determine who will face David Turner, the Democratic challenger. Click below for full list of election results.
  • French Drops out of House District 46 Race: Former state Senator Steve French of Mountain Brook announced he is dropping out of the Republican race for House District 46, which was formerly held by Paul DeMarco. French has asked the Republican executive committee to certify his opponent David Faulkner, also of Mountain Brook, as the nominee who will face Libertarian Steven Tucker in the November general election.  French said that a change in his work environment makes it no longer prudent to pursue the runoff with Faulkner. French who is a senior vice president with Sterne Agee investment banking firm says he lost the critical support of his employer when the firms CEO was recently fired by the board of directors. House District 46 includes parts of Homewood, Hoover and Mountain Brook.

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