The 2018 race to the Alabama’s governor’s mansion is heating up with a whopping 12 candidates qualifying to run — six Republicans and six Democrats.
Here’s who’s in the running:
*all candidates presented in alphabetical order by political party
- Tommy Battle: the current Huntsville Mayor.
- Slade Blackwell: State Senator from Mountain Brook, Ala.
- Scott Dawson: an American author, preacher, and the founder of the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association
- Bill Hightower: State Senator from Mobile, Ala.
- Kay Ivey: the current governor who assumed the helm of the Yellowhammer State following former Gov. Robert Bentley‘s resignation in February 2017.
- Michael McAllister
- Jason Childs: a truck driver from Oxford, Ala.
- Christopher Countryman: a marriage equality activist
- Sue Bell Cobb: former state Supreme Court Chief Justice,
- James Fields: from Hanceville, Ala.
- Walt Maddox: Mayor of Tuscaloosa
- Anthony White: Ordained minister and small business owner from Dothan, Ala.
- David Carrington: the Jefferson County Commissioner dropped out of the race.
- Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh: the Public Service Commission President flipped to the lieutenant governor’s race in August 2017.
- Stacy Lee George: a state correctional officer and former Morgan County Commissioner dropped out of the race.
- John McMillan: the State Agriculture Commissioner filed notice on Dec. 12, 2017 he would run for state treasurer instead of governor.
- Josh Jones: Birmingham businessman, did not qualify
The 2018 gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018. The winner will be sworn into office on January 21, 2019.