Before the June 5 primary, four Republican candidates vied for a seat on the Mobile County Circuit Court in the 13th Judicial Circuit, Place No. 6.
Two candidates garnered enough support to throw the race into a runoff election: Brandy Hambright and Harry Satterwhite. Hambright won the runoff with over just over 50 percent of the votes, and now faces Democratic challenger Karlos Finley in the November 6 general election.
But who are these candidates, and what do they hope to accomplish?
Republican candidate Brandy Hambright:
Hambright is a well-rounded attorney with an extensive legal career. Liscenced to practice in both Alabama and Mississippi, she’s practiced in municipal, state and federal courts, she is “strong on Republican values at home and in the courtroom,” according to her campaign website.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama, obtained an M.B.A. from Samford University and graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford in 1999.
For the past eighteen years she’s held several positions at multiple law firms, practicing as a public defender, civil and criminal defense attorney, a municipal prosecutor, and many other areas. She’s also been a partner at the Hicks, Matranga & Hambright firm since 2006.
On top of her impressive legal career Hambright has also served on several boards and Associations including the Mobile Bar Foundation, serving as a committee member, secretary, and treasurer; the Mobile Volunteer Lawyers program; and the Junior League of Mobile.
“My experience in criminal court was ensuring that the justice system works for everybody, and that’s critical,” Hambright told the Lagniappe. “When people’s lives and liberty can be impacted, there needs to be a competent, qualified prosecutor, defense attorney and judge to make sure the jury gets all the information they need to make the right decision. It’s about the Constitution.”