Judge Mary Windom on Monday announced via a social media post that she will not seek election to the Supreme Court of Alabama in the 2022 election cycle.
Windom stated on Twitter, “After prayerful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided that I will not seek election to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2022,” Judge Windom wrote. “I will focus on spending time with my family and on my work as Presiding Judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals,” Windom concluded. I thank the many wonderful people across Alabama who has encouraged me to run.”
Windom, a judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, was viewed by many as the frontrunner for the Supreme Court race that will be open due to popular Justice Mike Bolin being age-limited out from running for reelection. She assumed office in 2008, and her current term ends on January 18, 2027. She ran for re-election for judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 2020 and won.
Insiders tell Yellowhammer News that Judge Chris McCool, a freshman member of the Court of Criminal Appeals, is now the likely frontrunner for the Supreme Court slot, although attorney Greg Cook could also mount a serious candidacy.
“Judge Windom has a stellar record, is a rock-ribbed Republican and a prodigious fundraiser,” one insider told the Alabama Political Reporter. “She will be difficult to beat should she declare her candidacy for the State Supreme Court.”
“Mary Windom is a winner; she’s honest and judicially consistent,” stated the second insider. “She is the very type of individual the people of Alabama can trust on the state’s highest court. I believe she will run, and she should.”