It was a common belief in Alabama politics that state Senate President Del Marsh (R) was a sure statewide candidate during the current election cycle, either entering the special US Senate election or running for Governor. Yesterday, Sen. Marsh made public his short-term political future decision. While passing on the Senate race at the beginning of the special election calendar, he now has decided to do likewise with the Governor’s race.
The legislative leader’s announcement that he will seek re-election to the state Senate eliminates him participating in any statewide competition and nixes speculation about him running for higher office anytime soon. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has yet to indicate whether she will run for a full term, but eight others, including three statewide officials, a state legislator, a Mayor, and a local official have already become candidates.
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