Chief Justice Cobb not running

Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb
Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb made a decision Wednesday in the 2010 governor's race. She has decided she will not seek the state's highest office.

Cobb, a Democrat, issued the following release:

"I am honored to have been sought out and encouraged to run for Governor by so many Alabamians from all walks of life. Their support has been humbling and perhaps made this decision the most difficult I have ever been called upon to make.

First and foremost, I want the best for the people of Alabama, whom I have attempted to faithfully serve for the last 28 years.  I care greatly about where we are as a state and the direction in which we need to go.

While this love for our state and encouragement caused me to seriously consider running for governor, I have been privileged to serve as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and plan to remain in this position. Therefore, I will continue to work tirelessly to improve the court system of this state and will continue to devote my time and energy to programs and projects that improve the lives of all citizens of Alabama:

  • Programs that make our communities safer, while at the same time saving precious financial resources.
  • Programs such as model drug courts, dedicated domestic violence dockets, and local juvenile justice corrections programs.
  • Programs that are already paying dividends by not only reducing costs but also reducing the financial burdens of our jails and prisons and more importantly redirecting "would be career criminals" to a path away from crime and toward meaningful rehabilitation and productive lives.

As I stated when I sought the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the challenge for judges and justices is to do the harder work of fixing people rather than the easier work of just filling prisons.

I want to thank the voters of Alabama for giving me the distinct honor of serving as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and I want to thank the judges and all of those who work so hard every day to make our justice system a model for the nation."