2018: Year of the Woman in Alabama politics, primary update

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If there ever was a “Year of the Woman” in Alabama, it’s 2018.

Following the national trend, more Alabama women are stepping up to run for political office as a major party candidate than ever before, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

But how did the female candidates fare in the June 5 primaries? Below is a list of women who prevailed in their races.

Statewide Executive Office

Currently only two women serve in statewide elected executive positions — Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. But after last night’s election results, those numbers could change in November.

Governor

  • Gov. Kay Ivey (Republican candidate) triumphed over her three male opponents, and will face Walt Maddox in November’s general election.

Lt. Governor

  • Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (Republican candidate) will face Will Ainsworth in a runoff election, July 17.

Secretary of State

  • Heather Milam (Democratic candidate) won her primary election, and will face John Merrill in the November general election.

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

  • Christy Olinger Edwards (Place 1, Republican candidate) won her spot over Michelle Manley Thomason, another female republican candidate.

U.S. Congress

Currently only two women represent the Yellowhammer State in the United States Congress — 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby and 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell. Five other women ran for office in U.S. house races.

Alabama 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Rep. Martha Roby (incumbent, Republican candidate) was forced into a runoff set for July 17 with former Rep. Bobby Bright. 
  • Tabitha Isner (Democratic candidate) won the democratic primary for the 2nd district and will face either Roby or Bright in November.

Alabama 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Mallory Hagan (Democratic candidate) won the democratic primary for the 3rd district and will face incumbent Mike Rogers in the November general election.

Alabama 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Rep. Terri Sewell (incumbent, Democratic candidate) was the only candidate in her race.

State Legislature

  • Amy Wasyluka (Democratic candidate) won the State Senate District 2 race
  • Deidra Willis (Democratic candidate) won the State Senate, District 7 race
  • Vivian Davis Figures (Democratic candidate) won the State Senate, District 33 race
  • Laura Hall (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 19 race
  • Barbara Bigsby Boyd (Democratic candididate) won the State House District 32 race
  • Debbie Hamby Wood (Republican candidate) won the State House District 38 race
  • April Weaver (Republican candidate) won the State House District 49 race
  • Louise “Lulu” Alexander (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 56 race
  • Rolanda Hollis (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 58 race
  • Mary Moore (Democratic cadet) won the State House District 59 race
  • Juandalynn Givan (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 60 race
  • Elaine Beech (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 65 race
  • Pebblin Walker Warren (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 82 race
  • Pat “Patsy” Jones (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 83 race
  • Adline C. Clarke (Democratic candidate) won the State House District 97 race
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