The race for attorney general is shaping up to be one of the most expensive statewide races and it’s a crowded field with four Republicans and two Democrats.
It’s been nearly 30 years since a Democrat held the office of Alabama Attorney General, but there are two candidates looking to change that statistic.
Chris Christie says his 30 years of legal experience have prepared him for the office and he currently supervises more lawyers at his private office than he would as AG.
“I am one of the top 50 lawyers in the 14,000 practicing lawyers in the state of Alabama,” Christie says. “More important than my skills is my heart and what I want to do to represent the people of Alabama.”
Christie sees the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis and would seek legal action against drug manufacturers.
“We need to have drug treatment for people who need drug treatment”, Christie says. “We don't need to turn this into the second war on drugs, which was a war on the poor. We need to know what doctors can know, what pills have already been prescribed to people, deal with pill mill doctors.”
Ethics reform is also on the table.
“It would have a very important role in my administration," promises Christie. “My goal isn't to see how many government officials I can put in jail, my objective is to change the culture, to make sure people are in compliance. For those rare people who won't comply, then you have to make sure they have consequences.”
Records with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office indicate Christie has raised $226,600.01 with $6,250 in PAC funds.
Joe Siegelman says he wants to put the people before politics.
“When you set aside political considerations you can renew the focus on what’s important to Alabamians,” Siegelman states.
Siegelman wants to tackle the state’s prison problem and stop incarcerating those suffering from mental illness, among a list of critical issues that would be important to his administration.
“We have an opioid epidemic. Parents and grandparents are still subjected to fraud and abuse, and now in a new age of cybercrime”, he explains. “We have to make sure children are safe in schools, that we are being tough on crime but also smart when we lock people away.”
The Democratic hopeful is looking to make a name for himself outside the shadow of his father, former Gov. Don Siegelman, who tried to talk him out of running. His father also held the AG position, among other state offices.
“I hope everybody will get the opportunity to get to know me and judge me by my credentials as a civil rights attorney,” Siegelman said.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, Siegelman has raised $156,854 for the campaign, $10,000 of that total is a PAC contribution.
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