Qualifying for 2022 election ends Friday, Jan. 28

Published 7:30 am Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Those considering a run at a political office in 2022 have a few days left to qualify.

Qualifying for state and local offices will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.

Voters in Covington County and across the state will decide several offices in the 2022 election. Covington County seats up for election include Circuit Court Judge-Place 2, District Attorney, Sheriff, County Board of Education-Place 4, and Coroner.

Statewide offices on this year’s ballot will include U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representative, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Senator-District 31, State Representative-District 92, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and Commissioner of Agriculture.

According to the Covington County chairs for the Republican and Democratic parties, a number of people have already qualified to run in the 2022 election, but there is still time for others who are considering public office.

“I encourage people to run. If they ever had an interest in running, now is the time to do it,” said Covington County Republican Party Chair William Blocker.

“Sometimes people think they are not the ones who can make positive change,” said Covington County Democrat Chair Ava Williamson. “Sometimes we have to be the ones to take that first step and we encourage anyone who is interested to take that first step.”

To qualify as a Republican, contact Blocker at 334-804-5106.

To qualify as a Democrat, visit ALDemocrat.org, where information about qualifying can be found, or contact Williamson at covington.democrats@gmail.com.

Blocker added that the Republican Party will host a series of candidate forums with events being planned in Andalusia, Opp and Florala with details to be announced.

The primary election will be held May 24. A runoff will be held mid-June, if needed.

Following is a list of those who have qualified, as of Monday, Jan. 24, at noon. This list only includes those who have qualified and may not include others who have announced intentions to seek an office.

Circuit Court Judge, Place 2
Democrat — None
Republican — Ben Bowden (incumbent)

District Attorney, 22nd Circuit
Democrat — None
Republican — Walt Merrell (incumbent)

Covington County Sheriff
Democrat — None
Republican — Dennis Meeks and Blake Turman (incumbent)

Covington County Board of Education, Place 4
Democrat — None
Republican — Jeff Bailey (incumbent)

Covington County Coroner
Democrat — None
Republican — Eddie Rowell

U.S. Senator
Democrat — Brandaun Dean
Republican — Katie Britt, Mo Brooks, Karla DuPriest, Mike Dunn, Michael Durant, and Jake Schafer

U.S. House of Representatives, Second District
Democrat — None
Republican — Barry Moore (incumbent)

Governor
Democrat — Yolanda Rochelle Flowers, Patricia Salter Jamieson, and Chad ‘“Chig” Martin
Republican — Lindy Blanchard, Kay Ivey (incumbent), Tim James, and Dean Odle

Lt. Governor
Democrat — None
Republican — Will Ainsworth (incumbent)

State Senator, Dist. 31
Democrat — None
Republican — Josh Carnley, Norman Horton, and Mike Jones

State Representative, Dist. 92
Democrat — None
Republican — Matthew Hammett and Greg White

Secretary of State
Democrat — None
Republican — Wes Allen and Ed Packard

State Auditor
Democrat — None
Republican — Stan Cook, Rusty Glover, and Andrew Sorrell

State Treasurer
Democrat — None
Republican — Young Boozer

Commissioner of Agriculture
Democrat — None
Republican — Rick Pate (incumbent)