Results are in for the Alabama primaries. Kay Ivey and Walt Maddox are your choices for governor, Birmingham.

Birmingham, Alabama, governor, Kay Ivey, Walt Maddox

Could Democrat Walt Maddox take the governor’s seat from Kay Ivey in November? Do you have a Magic 8 Ball?

Primary Election Results

At five minutes till 10 p.m. the AP reported that Kay Ivey won Alabama’s GOP gubernatorial primary. Democrat Walt Maddox’s win was reported shortly after Ivey’s race was called.

Birmingham, Alabama, Kay Ivey, governor
Now seeking a full term, Govern Kay Ivey nails the GOP nomination in Alabama’s 2018 primary race. Photo submitted.
Walt Who?

He’s been the mayor of Tuscaloosa since 2005 and a member of the Tuscaloosa City Council since 2001. He also has a history in education administration: Walt Maddox served as executive director of personnel for Tuscaloosa City Schools and was a field director for the Alabama Education Association.

Birmingham, Alabama, Walt Maddox
Alabama’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Walt Maddox. Photo via Ian Reitz, WVTM.
More Primary Highlights

Neil Rafferty won the Democratic nomination for the District 54 seat to replace Patricia Todd in the Alabama State Legislature. He’s a former Marine and won 50 percent of the vote, defeating former Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Jerome Dees and environmentalist Jacqueline Gray Miller.

Birmingham, Alabama, Neil Rafferty
Neil Rafferty, photo submitted

Todd is known for being the first openly gay lawmaker in Alabama. She endorsed Rafferty. If Rafferty wins in November, he’ll be the first openly gay male elected to the Alabama legislature. No Republicans were in the race.

Birmingham, Alabama, Steve Ammons, Rick Burgess
Steve Ammons and radio personality Rick Burgess at Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Photo via Vestavia Hills Police Department.

The Jefferson County Commission welcomes former Vestavia Hills City Councilman Steve Ammons. The Republican defeated former Alabama state Rep. Jack Williams. No Democrats qualified in the race.

Birmingham, Alabama, Heather Milam
Heather Milam, Laura J. Gilmore and David Griner. Photo via David Griner, Twitter.
Alabama Women, Right On

Let’s face it. The Alabama legislature is still dominated by males, so pointing out some notable races other than Ivey’s is due. Also, two of these ladies are here in Birmingham, so kudos!

Know any notable female winners? Message me @bhamnow on FB!

Birmingham’s Heather Milam won the Democratic nomination for Alabama’s Secretary of State. She’ll go up against incumbent John Merrill.

Birmingham’s Miranda Joseph won the Democratic nomination for state auditor. She’ll face off with incumbent Jim Zeigler.

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Twinkle Cavanaugh heads to a runoff with Will Ainsworth and Rusty Glover for the GOP nomination. The winner will face off against Democrat Will Boyd.

Stay Tuned

We’ll keep you posted on more candidate wins and predictions, along with our 2018 general election voter’s guide.

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