SENATE ELECTION 2020: GET TO KNOW THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

Alabama will soon find out which Republican candidate will face Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate Election on Nov. 3, as the Republican Primary is set for March 3.

President Donald Trump recently tweeted about the primary, posting a picture of a survey of the GOP field that was taken in December of last year. The poll showed Jeff Sessions leading, with Tommy Tuberville  close behind and Bradley Byrne in third.

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Here are the seven candidates vying to represent the Republicans against Jones:

Jeff Sessions

Sessions is hoping to win back the Alabama senate seat that he held for two decades, from 1997 to 2017. He gave up his seat to serve as U.S. attorney general in Trump’s administration, but resigned in November 2018 after recusing himself from leading the investigation into Trump’s relationship with Russia during the election.

Before serving as an Alabama senator, Sessions was Alabama’s attorney general from 1994 to 1996. Before that, he was the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Alabama for more than a decade. Sessions graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Tommy Tuberville

Unlike Sessions, Tuberville is a newcomer to politics. He spent over four decades coaching football at various levels, including a successful 10-year stint as Auburn’s head coach, during which time he helped the Tigers achieve an undefeated season and an SEC championship. After resigning as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2016, Tuberville came back to Alabama and is now seeking political office.

Tuberville is a staunch supporter of President Trump, and says on his website that he would call for an investigation into the Russian collusion probe of 2016.

Bradley Byrne

Since joining the Alabama State Board of Education in 1994, Byrne has held various political positions. He was elected to the Alabama State Senate in 2002, went on to serve as the Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education from 2007-2009 and has been a U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District since 2014. He has been on various congressional committees, including the Armed Services Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee.

Byrne is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Alabama School of Law. Byrne recently voted no on impeaching Trump.

Byrne was the first Republican to enter the U.S. senate race against Doug Jones.

Roy Moore

Moore is once again running for the U.S. senate seat after losing to Jones in a special election in 2017. Moore beat out fellow Republican Luther Strange, but lost to Jones after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women.

Even before those allegations were leveed, Moore was no stranger to controversy. He was suspended in 2016 during his tenure as the Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court for refusing to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He was also ousted from the same position in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments statue from the Alabama Judicial Building.

Prior to serving as Chief Justice, Moore was a judge on the 16th Circuit Court. Before that, he was a practicing attorney.

Arnold Mooney

Mooney has represented District 43 in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2014. He was also an at-large delegate from Alabama to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Before entering politics, Mooney worked as a commercial realtor for over four decades. He graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Stanley Adair

A businessman from northwest Alabama, this run for Senate is Adair’s first foray into politics. He is championing the fact that he is not a career politician and is instead an outsider who is hoping to shake things up in Washington.

Adair founded Adair Furniture Inc. and has invested in numerous other businesses.

Ruth Page Nelson

Nelson’s campaign has been under the radar so far. Nelson ran for mayor in Dothan in 2017, but did not win office. In a profile on Nelson published in the Dothan Eagle she describes herself as a full-time activist.

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