Runoff results reveal 2018 general election candidates

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday for Alabama's 2018 primary election. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Voters will head to the polls Tuesday for Alabama's 2018 primary election. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 7:55 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After June's primary election and Tuesday's primary runoffs, Alabama now knows the complete list of candidates seeking office in the Nov. 6 general election.

In the race for governor, Republican Kay Ivey will face Democrat Walt Maddox. Neither candidate had to go to a runoff election, gaining candidacy in the primary election.

Ivey, who became governor only 15 months ago amidst a scandal involving her predecessor Robert Bentley, is relying on an improving economy to earn votes in November. Her platform points to job creation and falling unemployment rates to carry her through the general election.

Maddox is the current mayor of Tuscaloosa and is running on the base of improving education throughout the state. His platform aims to establish a lottery to provide funds to college scholarships, pre-kindergarten programs and struggling schools.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Republican Will Ainsworth will face Democrat Will Boyd. Will Boyd gained his candidacy in the primary election, but Ainsworth had to defeat Twinkle Cavanaugh in the runoffs to earn his place as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

Ainsworth stands on a platform of conservatism, aiming to stop the corruption of career politicians in the capitol. His platform aims to support President Trump and the second amendment.

Boyd runs for election in November on the platform of "Leading Alabama Forward." He supports job creation and improving infrastructure and minimum wage. He also supports affordable healthcare and investing to improve the quality of education in Alabama.

In the race for attorney general, Republican Steve Marshall will face Democrat Joseph Siegelman, who defeated Chris Christie in the primary election. Marshall faced Troy King in the runoffs.

Marshall, who is the current Alabama attorney general, runs on the base of standing with President Trump, fighting the opioid crisis, illegal immigration and federal overreach. His platform supports conservative ethics and the second amendment, as well as the fight against violent crime and abortion.

Siegelman reminds voters that he is a life-long Alabamian, and his platform focuses on bringing justice to residents of the state. He promises to focus on putting citizens ahead of special interests, preventing repeat criminal behavior, cracking down on the opioid crisis and protecting children in schools.

In the race for the District 2 seat in Congress, Republican Martha Roby will face Democrat Tabitha Isner. Roby defeated Bobby Bright in the runoff Tuesday. Isner did not have to participate in a runoff.

Roby has served as the representative for Alabama's 2nd congressional district since 2011, voting to support agriculture and tax reform. Her platform fights wasteful spending and abortion while supporting improving education and business growth. She is a largely conservative legislator that supports the second amendment, replacing Obamacare and immigration reform.

Isner's platform is tightly tied to her Christian values, leading her to fight to strengthen her community through wise spending on infrastructure and investments in education. Her platform works to make government workings more accessible to citizens, working against hidden dealings and agendas.

In the race for the District 3 seat in Congress, Republican Mike Rogers will face Democrat Mallory Hagan. Neither candidate had to participate in a runoff.

Rogers has served as the U.S. representative for Alabama's 3rd congressional district since 2003. His platform and voting record supports a strong national defense and agricultural industries in Alabama. He also supports cutting wasteful spending and decreasing the reach of the government to help support the state economy.

Hagan built her platform around her family and community values, supporting child development and education to ensure the future of Alabama. She further pledges to fight for equal rights, fighting for legal protection for all, regardless of sexuality or gender identity and to work to cut wasteful spending, bringing governmental spending into the public light.

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