There are two things that really get Alabamians riled up and one is football at any level. The other, of course, is a Governor’s race. Folks are already asking who all will run for Governor in Alabama in 2010. In addition to Rep. Artur Davis, who is mentioned above, there are a number of others who reportedly are considering making the race even though it’s still a long way off. It seems like we just elected Bob Riley to his second term.
On the GOP side, Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., State Treasurer Kay Ivey, Congressman Jo Bonner, Attorney General Troy King, businessman Jimmy Rane and Chancellor Bradley Byrne certainly appear to have more than just a passing interest in becoming Governor. It’s being said that Rane, better known as “Yella Fella,” will finance his own campaign if he runs. Of course Tim James, who definitely wants the job, has already announced and is running hard.
Other than Rep. Davis, the following Democrats are being discussed as potential candidates: Lt. Governor Jim Folsom, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks and House Speaker Seth Hammett. Some are saying Dr. Hawkins would be better suited as a Democratic candidate. In addition to those listed, it’s possible that other Democrats will develop an interest after the regular session of the Legislature ends next year. However, that session could end some ambitions for higher office.
While he hasn’t personally given any indication that he wants to run, I still hear lots of folks say Dr. David Bronner needs to make the race. They all believe that the financial wizard would make a great Governor and I share that belief. Stan Pate – who could run as either a Democrat or Republican – is more likely to make the race. However, he may elect to support another candidate such as Tim James and become a power-broker of sorts. In any event, it will be interesting to see what develops during the next year. There is one thing for certain – there is a great deal of interest around the state in who will follow Bob Riley in the Governor’s office.
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