Even though we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving on the calendar, it should be noted that judicial elections in Alabama are just around the corner. The party primaries will be held in March next year, which is earlier than in the past, and that means we will only have about five months to hear from the candidates. There will be five seats coming open for the Supreme Court. Hopefully, both political parties can agree to keep “politics” out of those races to the extent possible and actually work to elect their candidates strictly on merit and qualifications.
I believe that’s what the public wants and it’s something that it certainly deserves. One thing is for certain: politics and electing judges are not a very good mix. Hopefully, at some point in time election laws in our state will be changed in a manner that will really take politics out of judicial elections. Perhaps the first place to start reform is in the area of campaign finance.
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