Breaking down the Ballot

Breaking down the Ballot

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Polls across Alabama will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Registered voters can look up their polling 
location at Starting in 2014, voters will be required to provide a valid photo ID.

U.S. Congress

The United States Senate is up for grabs this year, but the composition of Congress will not be decided in Alabama. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Republican, is running unopposed for an office he has held since 1996. Rep. Terri Sewell, Democrat from Alabama’s 7th District, is also running unopposed. Sewell is currently the only Democrat in Alabama’s congressional delegation. She first took office in 2011 after winning 72.4 percent of the vote, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama.

Governor of Alabama

Incumbent Robert Bentley, Republican, will face Parker Griffith, Democrat, in Alabama’s 2014 gubernatorial 
elections. Bentley, a physician from Tuscaloosa, was elected to the office after defeating then-Commissioner 
of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks in 2010.

Parker Griffith is a former representative to the United States House of Representatives for Alabama’s 5th congressional district. Griffith was elected in 2008 as a Democrat, but switched to the Republican Party in 2009. He ran for re-election in 2010, but was defeated in the Republican primary by current Representative 
Mo Brooks. Griffith returned to the Democratic Party in 
early 2014.

State Executive Races

Several other statewide executive offices will also be 
contested Tuesday.

Incumbent Kay Ivey, Republican, will face James Fields, Democrat, to decide Alabama’s next lieutenant general.

In what has been one of the more contentious races in Alabama this year, incumbent Luther Strange, Republican, will attempt to stave off a challenge from Joe Hubbard, Democrat, for the office of attorney general.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett, Republican, chose not to run for the office he was appointed to last year. Instead, Lula Albert-Kaigler, Democrat, and John Merrill, Republican, will both compete for the office.

State Constitutional Amendments

Five amendments to the Alabama state constitution are up for vote this year. These proposed amendments would affect the judiciary, government finance, hunting and fishing and firearms policies if voters adopt them. If passed, these amendments will change relevant sections of the state constitution.

State House Races in Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa County contains some or all of seven state house districts.

Tim Wadsworth, Republican, is running unopposed in District 14; Alan Harper, Republican, is running unopposed in District 61; Rich Wingo, Republican, is running unopposed in District 62; incumbent Bill Poole, Republican, is running unopposed in District 63; incumbent Christopher John England, Democrat, is running unopposed in District 70; and incumbent Artis McCampbell, Democrat, is running unopposed in District 71.

Incumbent Daniel Boman, Democrat, will face Kyle South, Republican, in District 16 for the only contested state house election in Tuscaloosa County.

State Senate Races in Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa County falls under three separate senate districts: District 5, District 21 and District 24. In the three districts, there is a total of four candidates running for office.

In District 5, incumbent Sen. Greg Reed, who was first elected to the position in 2010, is running unopposed for re-election.

In District 21, Republican incumbent Sen. Gerald Allen, who was also first elected in 2010, is running against Democratic candidate Phil Poole.

In District 24, Democratic incumbent candidate Sen. Bobby Singleton, who was first elected in 2005, is running unopposed.

School Board elections in Tuscaloosa County

The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education has two seats up for election this year.

In District 2, the incumbent candidate is James Barnett, who is running unopposed.

In District 4, the Democratic candidate is newcomer Lanita Bostic and the Republican candidate is former board member Don Presley.

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