There has been a great deal of early posturing in the 2010 race for Governor in Alabama. In fact, I have been contacted by a number of our readers who want to know who all will be running for the top job in Alabama to succeed Bob Riley. I have also been contacted by a few people who say they are looking at the race themselves. So, I gave some thought to this matter and have decided to set out those persons who – according to some pretty good sources – would like to succeed Governor Riley.
On the Democratic side the persons who might run are:
U.S. Representative Artur Davis;
Lt. Governor Jim Folsom;
Speaker of the House Seth Hammett; and
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.
The following are being mentioned as potential candidates on the Republican ticket:
Secretary of State Beth Chapman, who appears to have significant GOP support;
Dr. Jack Hawkins, a former Marine, who is Chancellor of the Troy University System;
Representative Mike Hubbard, who is minority leader in the Alabama State House;
State Treasurer Kay Ivey;
Tim James, who is a successful Greenville businessman;
Attorney General Troy King;
Stan Pate from Tuscaloosa, who is also a successful businessman;
Jimmy Rane – (“Yella Fella”), who is a successful businessman from Abbeville; and
Former Lt. Governor Steve Windom, who is now a successful lobbyist.
While there has been no indication he is currently running, I would add Dr. David Bronner to one of these lists. In fact, it would be most interesting if he decided to run as an independent. I may be the only person who believes a man like Dr. Bronner – who always says exactly what he believes and thinks – can win, but I do. In fact, considering the political climate that exists today, he might be exactly what the people of Alabama want in a person to lead the state. Of course, all of that may change drastically after November’s national elections. There is one thing for certain and that is the state Governor Riley will leave to his successor will be a whole lot better than the one he inherited from Don Siegelman in 2001.
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