Where Are The Democrats?


By Alabama News Network

The Alabama political scene is currently dominated by republicans, with no democrats holding a state office outside of the legislature.

And so far, no democrats have announced for any of those office, with the exception of lieutenant governor. So where are the democrats?
Many Republicans have already started their campaigns for next year's election, including Governor Robert Bentley. 
But democrats in the state still think, even with a late start, that they can still stand a good chance.
Alabama is a very red state at the moment. It's not just the governor and the attorney general either. Republicans have a super majority in both houses of the state legislature. 
Some people in Montgomery think it's not so important which party state officers represent.
"I say it's less about what the party stands for. It's more about individuals. Party lines are a little more blurred these days. If someone has a good idea and they're a dmeocrat and fly under that flag, I mean sure, they've got a chance getting into office," said Michael Shows, a Montgomery resident. 
"Where we stand now the democrats and republicans are on a different page. We are not together on anything at all," said fellow resident Joseph Boykin.
But State Senator Quinton Ross isn't surprised that we're still waiting on democrats to announce their candidacy. There's a lot that goes into the decision to run for public office.
"It's a situation where you're an open book so people have to think long and hard about putting themselves up for public service. What it would mean for them, what it would mean to their family and all those involved. It's not a situation where you make a decision knee jerk," said Ross. 
State Democratic Chairperson Nancy Worley says that she's seen candidates consider running, only to be intimidated by the amount of money needed to face the Republican incumbents.
"I think people say. I'm looking at having to raise a substantial amount of dollars to face this multi-millionaire candidate. And so as a result of that, I think it gives people reason to pause when they look at the money aspect," said Worley. 
Candidates have until April 3rd to qualify for state office. 

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Joe Barber said on Tuesday, Dec 3 at 9:08 PM

The "Golden Rule" has morphed into "Those with the Gold, Rule". So sad that we've lost our system of checks and balances due to deep pockets of a few political action groups. Politically speaking, Alabama is now just like the Washington group where the House and Senate pass their respective legislation without due consideration of the minority party. Having a super majority destroys the need for debate and compromise which is healthy in a democratic society.

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