Quailfications closed; candidates set for election
by Chris Norwood
Feb 10, 2014 | 2211 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA COUNTY - The field for the 2014 elections is now set. Qualification closed Friday, and the slates of candidates from both parties were due in the Talladega County Probate Office Monday.

County Republican party chairman Danny Hubbard provided a list of qualified candidates by phone to The Daily Home. The Democratic candidates were provided by the Talladega County Probate Office Monday afternoon, although the official slate had still not been filed as of about 2:30 p.m.

Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, who was appointed to complete the term of Jerry Studdard, has qualified for a full term as a Republican, and faces a primary challenge from Dallas Davenport. The winner of that race will square off in the general election against either former Circuit Clerk Clarence Haynes or Tonta Draper, whichever wins the Democratic primary.

Incumbent Coroner Shaddix Murphy is being challenged by Democrat Jason Smith in the primary, with the winner taking on Republican Wendell Hickman in the general election.

For Talladega County Board of Education District 4, Democrat Aaron Thomas will face Republican Buddy L. Milam in the general election.

In County Commission District 2, the race will be between Republican Tony Haynes and Democrat Randy F. Roberts.

The most crowded local race will be for the District 4 seat currently held by Jimmy Roberson, who is not seeking re-election.

The Republican primary will be between Pete Storey, Malley Limbaugh and Morris “Bo” Shaw. The Democratic contenders are James “Pete” Haisten and Robert E. Pope.

The current revenue commissioner, Democrat Sally Kilough Flowers, will be returning to office unopposed.

In the state legislative races, Talladega County will end up with one additional representative and three additional state senators after redistricting.

In the house, Rep. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston is unopposed. Incumbent Republican Ron Johnson will face Democrat Anthony Zachero in the general election and Rep. Randy Wood, R-Anniston, will also be unopposed.

Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, will have a primary challenge from Steve Dean, with the winner running against Democrat Stephanie Engel.

Because of redistricting, the Republican primary for District 11 will pit incumbent Jerry Fielding, R-Sylacauga against Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville. The winner of this race vies with Ron Crumpton in the general election.

Incumbent Dell Marsh, R-Anniston faces a primary challenge from Steven Guede, with the winner taking on Taylor Stewart in the general election.

Republican Sen. Slade Blackwell will be unopposed in both the primary and general elections.

The race to replace Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, who is not running for re-election, will be determined in the Republican primary. The candidates here are Shay Shelnutt, Jim Murphree, Gayle H. Gear, Brett King and Adam Ritch. No Democrats qualified for this seat.

For the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Republican Mike Rogers will face Thomas Casson in the primary, with the winner taking on Jesse T. Smith.

Sen. Jeff Sessions does not appear to have any opposition.

The primary elections will take place June 3, and the general elections will be Nov. 4.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.