THE LATEST: SHAW TO SEEK RE-ELECTION TO SUPREME COURT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on Alabama Supreme Court place one race (all times local):

12:56 p.m.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Greg Shaw is seeking re-election.

The Republican justice was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2008 and was re-elected in 2014. He previously served on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals from 2001-2009.

Shaw is being challenged in the March primary by State Sen. Cam Ward.

Shaw campaign spokesman Josh Cooper said in a Monday statement that they trust voters will “thoroughly evaluate the candidates and select the most qualified to serve on the state’s highest court.”

Shaw is a graduate of from Auburn University and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. His wife, Samantha Shaw, served two terms after being elected state auditor.

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9:19 a.m.

Republican state Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster is running for Alabama Supreme Court.

Ward announced Monday that he will run for associate justice in 2020. This is his first run for statewide office.

A prominent member of the Alabama Senate, Ward is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is best known for spearheading prison and criminal justice reform efforts and advocating for autism treatment.

In a statement, Ward said a judge’s role is “to interpret the law exactly as it is written, not to write new ones.”

A graduate of Troy University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Ward was first elected to Alabama Legislature in 2002.

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