Candidates vying for the Republican Attorney General nomination

Marshall, King go head to head for AG Republican nomination

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Attorney General Steve Marshall and Troy King are going head-to-head for the Republican Attorney General nomination.

Both candidates agree on stopping the opioid crisis as one of their top priorities.

"Opioids are out of control in our state. They're destroying families. They're destroying a generation of kids," King said.

Marshall said the opioid crisis affects public safety.

"In law enforcement we have a responsibility to make sure we enforce the Controlled Substances Act," Marshall said.

For King, another top priority includes stopping violent crimes. He wants to make sure people are punished for these crimes.

"Consequences have to follow choices," King said. "When we throw the consequences out, we can't expect people to respect the law."

He also wants to put an end to corruption.

"Taking the ethics laws that we have and using them to punish criminals," King said.

For Marshall, his top priorities include following the law and making sure Alabama's voice is heard.

"My responsibility is not as a policy maker. I need to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law in Alabama," he said.

Making Alabama's voice heard across the nation can look like several different things, Marshall said.

"Whether it's standing up against federal overreach, whether it's pushing back on issues that impact us in the state to make sure that we are very proactive in making sure that Alabama's voice is heard," he said.

Here's what both candidates had to say when asked why they should have people's vote.

"My goal is ultimately to be able to uphold the public trust," Marshall said. "To make sure that we are accomplishing things that matter to the people of this state and that we'll continue to put the best face forward for Alabama."

"We're choosing a Republican nominee," King said. "And I hope when Republicans go into the room to vote, they will think about who is the Republican. I have been a Republican since 1979 when I went door-to-door as a ten-year-old boy for Ronald Reagan."

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