Garlan Gudger Surprises 2018 Election Field Qualifying Ends

by | Feb 10, 2018 | City, County, Courthouse, Politics, School Board

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Qualifying Ends: Garlan Gudger Surprises 2018 Election Field – All Candidates Set

Qualifications to run for elective office ended statewide Friday at 5 pm.

City of Cullman City Council President Garlan Gudger surprised all political observers by jumping into a race against 2-term incumbent Paul Bussman for the District 4 Alabama State Senate seat.

Other surprising late entrants included perennial candidate Melvin Hasting running for Circuit Judge against incumbent Martha Williams, and Carol Berry tackling incumbent Judge of Probate Tammy Brown.

Republican candidates dominate the field. However, two local Democrats are taking their chances against the likely GOP wave: former multi-term Cullman County Coroner Gary Murphree takes on a 2014 rematch with now incumbent Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick. Familial relative of newly elected Democratic U.S. Congress Doug Jones – Terrie Jones Savage – joins the crowded fray for the Alabama House District 9 race.

Below is the definitive final list of qualified candidates running for various state and local offices – both Democrats and Republicans:

There are MANY seats up for grabs in 2018 Election Season in Cullman County:

√ = Officially qualified to run for office
(i) – incumbents
(R) = Republican
(D) = Democrat

Alabama State Senator
District 4
√ Paul Bussman (R) (i)
√ Garlan Gudger (R)

Alabama State Representatives
District 9 – open seat
√ Scott Stadthagen (R) of Hartselle
√ James R. Bowling (R) of Battleground
√ Justin Morrow (R) of Hartselle

√ Terrie Jones Savage (D)

District 11
√ Randall Shedd (R) (i)

District 12
√ Corey Harbison (R) (i)
√ Alex Chaney (R) (i)

Associate Cullman County Commissioners
Place 1
Kerry Watson (R) (i)

Place 2
Garry Marchman (R) (i)
√ Andy C. Coffey (R)

Cullman County Sheriff
Matt Gentry (R) (i)

Cullman County Coroner
Jeremy L. Kilpatrick (R) (i)

√ Gary Murphree (D)

32nd Circuit Judge
Gregory Nicholas (R) (i)

32nd Circuit Judge
Martha Williams (R) (i)
√ Melvin Hasting (R)

32nd Circuit District Judge
Wells ‘Rusty’ Turner (R) (i)

32nd Circuit Clerk
Lisa McSwain (R) (i)

Cullman County Probate Judge
Tammy Brown (R) (i)
√ Carol Berry (R)

Cullman County Board of Education
Fairview – Open seat
√ – Bill Ballew
√ – Shane Rusk
√ – Michael Knop

Good Hope
Jason Speegle (R) (i)
√ Kerry Neighbors (R)

√  Kenny Brockman (R) (i)

Mike Graves (R) (i)

The Primary Elections will be June 5, 2018, with the General election scheduled for November 6, 2018.

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Garlan Gudger Surprises 2018 Election Field Qualifying Ends

Timothy Collins

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