Tuesday is Election Day, and although it commonly is referred to as a midterm elections day because it comes midway through a presidential term, Alabama has most of its top state offices up for grabs.
Locally, an important Congressional seat also tops the ballot.
It is, as with every Election Day, an important civic duty that all qualified voters should fulfill by casting their vote.
Republican Gov. Kay Ivey is seeking election after having been elevated to the governor’s chair following the Robert Bentley saga. Ivey has enjoyed the benefits of a strong national economy that has translated into a strong state economy.
Her greatest accomplishment, however, seems to be staying out of jail and scandal when so many predecessors in state leadership could not.
Ivey’s camp turned down repeated interview requests with the Opelika-Auburn News and likewise refused all offers statewide for a debate with her opponent. Her critics question her ability to lead over the next four years, pointing to either questions about her health or a lack of shared goals and policy strategy.
Democrat Walt Maddox is an energetic and vibrant challenger who has enjoyed success as mayor of Tuscaloosa and bounced around the state sharing ideas for moving Alabama forward in the years ahead. He would be an active governor and likely would aggressively push the state’s agenda.
However, and despite Maddox saying he is pro-life on the abortion issue, Maddox faces an uphill battle simply by being labeled a Democrat in a GOP-dominated state.
Republican Will Ainsworth is the clear favorite in the race for lieutenant governor against Democrat Will Boyd. However, unlike Ivey, Ainsworth has continued a steady slate of media visits and interviews around the state.
Ainsworth cited a variety of goals and ideas for Alabama in his visit with the Opelika-Auburn News, and while he remains loyal to the party and to Ivey in support of her in her duties, Ainsworth also realizes the importance of the lieutenant governor’s office in that he, too, could somehow be needed to someday step into the governor role.
Ainsworth seems like a worthy candidate for such responsibility and will be a closely eyed No. 2 if elected as expected. How he handles the office duties also will be considered in 2022 elections.
Congress, District 3
Close to home is the District 3 Congressional race pitting longtime incumbent and Republican Mike Rogers against former Miss America and an up-and-coming Democrat bulldog in Mallory Hagan.
Both candidates visited with the O-A News, and both sounded confident and determined with what they have in mind as priorities and plans.
Hagan is a political novice, but she is not a stranger to the spotlight and has learned how to use it. Look for her to do nothing but continue seeking ways to have her voice heard in leadership of a list of important issues that she and the Democratic Party see as priority.
Rogers, on the other hand, has become a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, has repeatedly shown his steadfast and unquestioned support of President Trump, and there are few voters or members of his Republican Party who seem to have issues with him as their representative.
Frankly, the biggest determining factor for those opposing Rogers is the effort to send a message in opposition to Trump, although that is a tall order to fill in the state of Alabama.
Rogers said he is committed to bringing federal support to District 3 projects in the next two-year term, including support for highway improvements, research development at the universities he represents, and a continued interest in national defense.
Voters would be wise to go online to each and every candidate’s web sites to explore in-depth who promises what, how they hope to accomplish it, and why.
Tuesday is Election Day. Voters should answer the call to civic duty and vote.