2018: Year of the Woman in Alabama politics

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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.

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 that could all change in 2018, as 16 women are vying ten executive positions this year.


  • Gov. Kay Ivey (Republican candidate)
  • Sue Bell Cobb (Democratic candidate)

Lt. Governor

  • Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (Republican candidate)

Attorney General

  • Alice Martin (Republican candidate)

Secretary of State

  • Lula Albert (Democratic candidate)
  • Heather Milam (Democratic candidate)

State Auditor

  • Miranda Joseph (Democratic candidate)

Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court

  • Lyn Stuart (Republican candidate)

Public Service Commission

  • Robin Litaker (Place 2, Republican candidate)

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals

  • Donna Beaulieu (Place 3, Republican candidate)

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

  • Christy Olinger Edwards (Place 1, Republican candidate)
  • Michelle Manley Thomason (Place 1, Republican candidate)
  • Terri Willingham Thomas (Place 2, Republican candidate)

Associate of the Alabama Supreme Court

  • Debra Jones (Place 1, Republican candidate)
  • Sarah Hicks Stewart (Place 1, 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.

Hoping to join them, or replace them and their colleagues, are five additional women.

Alabama 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Lizzetta Hill McConnell (Democratic candidate)

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

  • Rep. Martha Roby (incumbent, Republican candidate)
  • Tabitha Isner (Democratic candidate)
  • Audri Scott Williams (Democratic candidate)

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

  • Mallory Hagan (Democratic candidate)
  • Adia McClellan Winfrey (Democratic candidate)

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

  • Rep. Terri Sewell (incumbent, Democratic candidate)

State Legislature

According to both of the major party’s websites, 63 women — 49 Democrats and 14 Republicans — also qualified for state legislative offices by the deadline.