The race to replace Parker Griffith (D – AL05 – elect) in the State Senate is getting crowded. The Primary Election will be held March 3, 2009 and the General Election will be held June 9.
There are four Republicans running for the seat: Paul Sanford, Roger Richardson, Sam Givhan, and Alan Rhodes. Attorney Mary Scott Hunter might be seriously thinking about running as well.
Paul Sanford runs Little Paul’s restaurant next to Huntsville Hospital. Roger Richardson is an Urban Economic Development Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension at Alabama A&M University and a Minister. I’ve met both of these guys and like what I see so far. Sam Givhan is an attorney – I haven’t spoken with him yet. I don’t know Alan Rhodes either.
I hear that Sanford has hired consultant Jack Campbell for his campaign. Richardson really seems to have hit the ground running following his recent announcement – he’s got a nice campaign web site up, flyers printed, and yard signs (I love yard signs!). I’m looking forward to a good clean race – I hope we don’t see a Harri Anne Smith / Jay Love style mess up here.
IMO, Hinshaw would be the front-runner should he decide to run. He’s a fundamentally good guy who is as Conservative on many issues as me. He’s also survived all attacks – political and personal - and has built up some immunity there. My biggest problem with him is that he works for the two-year college system somewhere around Auburn, which seems like an awfully long commute (IIRC he was cleared of any wrongdoing). That and his ‘cheating fair and square’ by voting on another Representive’s machine when the guy was out of town. But this stuff doesn’t seem to stick – so he has to be beat on issues – I hope our side figures that out…