In the race for Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 2, Chad Hanson beat out incumbent Terri Thomas in the June 5 primary.
Now, facing no Democratic challenger in the November general election, Hanson has presumably won his race and will become Court of Civil Appeals Place 2 Judge in 2019.
With that in mind, here are the five things you need to know about Chad Hanson:
1. He’s the founding partner of Seal Hanson LLC
Hanson attended the University of Alabama to receive his undergraduate degree, and the Mississippi College School of Law to earn his Juris Doctorate in 2000. In 2008, Hanson founded his own practice, Seal Hanson LLC in Birmingham, where he currently practices.
2. He Beat an incumbent, and spent very little money doing it
Incumbent Court of Civil Appeals Place 2 Judge Terri Thomas was backed by the Business Council of Alabama, and raking in the donations when Hanson won just over 53 percent of the votes in the June 5 primary. According to Hanson, “she spent about $140,000 and I spent about $5.”
3. He’s not new to leadership
Hanson was not only the founding member of his law firm, he also founded the Vestavia Hills Civitan Club, and the Trussville Civitan Club, where he served as president. He also served as president of the Center Point Chamber of Commerce, according to Birmingham Watch.
4. He’s the son of two educators
Hanson is the youngest son of two educators, and his father served as superintendent on the local school board. He says he learned his strong work ethic from his father as he watched him serve his community through leadership, according to his campaign website.
5. He’s been married for 18 years and has two daughters
Hanson has been married to the same woman for eighteen years, and they have two daughters together. The family attends Faith Community Fellowship church in Trussville.