Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Thursday he would give parties more time to nominate candidates for a particular Mobile County Circuit Court judgeship, ahead of November’s general election.
State law requires Republican Judge Walter Honeycutt to run for the seat to which he was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley early last month. He was appointed after qualifying for the March 1 primary had ended and the law did not specify an alternative.
Consequently, Merrill is giving both major and minor parties until Wednesday, April 27 to decide on candidates to qualify for the general election in November. In a previous interview, Honeycutt said the Alabama Republican Party would make him the nominee for the position.
Vivian Beckerle, chairwoman of the Mobile County Democratic Executive Committee, said while the announcement from Merrill was “expected,” the state’s March 1 primary took the majority of their party’s attention. She said they would soon be discussing possible judicial candidates.
“Everything has been presidential of late,” she said. “We’re open for good candidates … but there has been no discussion of it yet.”
In addition to parties, Merrill announcement would also let individuals seeking an independent run for the seat file a petition for ballot access by the same date.
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