News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2006


Our recommendations for Tuesday’s primaries

THE DAILY recently presented a series of recommendations for Tuesday's primary elections based on personal interviews, research and the candidates' political philosophy.

Here is a recap of those recommendations in races that have two or more candidates:


Bob Riley is clearly the best choice for governor in the Republican primary. He's done a credible job as governor and deserves consideration for a second term.

At this point we have no recommendation in the Democratic primary.

Lieutenant governor

Luther Strange is one of three Republicans who deserve consideration for lieutenant governor. But Mr. Strange offers Republicans a chance to bring new blood to public office. His ideas for using the office to move the state ahead economically make sense.

Attorney general

Mark Montiel isn't the ideal Republican candidate to be attorney general, but he comes out ahead of incumbent Troy King, who's been a disappointment as a Bob Riley appointee.

John Tyson Jr. is one of the brightest stars on the Democratic ticket while his opponent is a total embarrassment.

Secretary of state

Nancy Worley is a hometown candidate, having spent many years teaching at Decatur High School. She's hard working and deserves the Democratic nomination for a second term as secretary of state.

State treasurer

Steve Segrest's family has a good name in Montgomery politics. So does he. His opponent for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer has done little more than issue press releases.

State auditor

Janie Baker Clarke spent a lot of time as a schoolteacher and single mom while earning her law degree. She has the education and drive to earn the Democratic nomination for state auditor.

Chess Bedsole is one of the impressive young Republicans running for office. The auditor's office would be a good training ground for this rising star.

PSC Place 2

Susan Parker is a star in the Democratic Party. She will make an excellent member of the Public Service Commission.

Jack Hornady came out of retirement to run for PSC on the Republican ticket. Having worked for 18 years at the PSC, he's knowledgeable about how the regulatory agency works.

Supreme Court

chief justice

Drayton Nabers is taking a lot of abuse from the political right but he is clearly the best to represent Republicans in the battle for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Associate justices

Champ Lyons Jr., Tom Woodall and Lyn Stuart are incumbent associate Supreme Court justices. Their Republican challengers are part of the Tom Parker slate that has a fundamental philosophical difference with the sitting justices. The incumbents, along with appeals court Judge Glenn Murdock, represent the judicial temperament the state must maintain.

Civil appeals court

Terry Moore for Place 1 on the Republican ballot is a self-professed nerd who has a passion for understanding the law, particularly workmen's compensation, and seeing that it is applied fairly.

Republican Bill Shashy for Place 3, as a circuit judge shows the judicial independence that the court system needs.

We have no recommendation in the Democratic race.

Criminal appeals court

Sam Welch is leaving the bench in the Monroe-Conecuh circuit. His years on the bench make him ideal for Place 3 on the Republican ballot. Amendment One

Amendment One is simply more clutter for the bloated state constitution. It's not needed. Vote NO.

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