In the June 5 Republican primary, Emily Steele beat Lori Womble with over 68 percent of the vote, in the race for Monroe County District Judge.
Incumbent George Elbrecht is not running for re-election this year.
Steele now faces against Democratic candidate Donna Silcox in the November 6 general election.
But who are these candidates, and what do they hope to accomplish?
Republican candidate Emily Steele:
Steele, born and raised in a small town in west Tennessee attended the University of Alabama school of Law, graduating in 2009 with her Juris Doctorate.
From there, she practiced civil and criminal law as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, and is currently a partner at Steele Law, LLC in Monroeville, Ala.
Steele also worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Monroe and Conecuh Counties, “as an assistant district attorney… she prosecuted violent crimes and sex offenders, and she has also regularly appeared in district court to prosecute misdemeanors and traffic offenses,” her Facebook profile reads.
While serving in that office, Steele made every effort to digitize the District Attorney’s office, leaving the office in early 2018 with digital backups of all case files accessible through an internet connection. She also served on the SORNA resource council, and the ADAA’s Domestic Violence Resource Council, according to her campaign website.
But Steele does not confine her work to her office. She has also been a member of the Health Foundation Board, the Chamber of Commerce board, and has worked with the Distinguished Young Woman of Monroe County program.