2018 Governor’s Race: Doug “New Blue” Smith
Montgomery Democrat Doug “New Blue” Smith worked for former Alabama governors Lurleen Wallace and Albert Brewer. He says he helped set up the state’s “economic machinery” but that recent administrations have dismantled it causing wages to suffer. Smith says he’s running for governor to restore it and spur economic growth in Alabama. Smith does speak in a slow, halting manor. He says it’s the result of medication that backfired 15 years ago.
On reviving the “economic machinery:”
On his campaign hat:
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New Jefferson County Commission Takes Office With Three New Members
Sheila Tyson and Lashunda Scales were sworn into office as Jefferson County commissioners Wednesday, along with Steve Ammons, a former Vestavia Hills City Council member. Tyson and Scales are Democrats; Ammons is a Republican. The Republican majority continues on the commission with incumbents Jimmie Stephens and Joe Knight.
Democrats Angered at Lack of State Party Support
Democrats across the country took the House and flipped several governorships during the midterms. It was a different story in Alabama. Democrats here lost every statewide race, and they lost five statehouse seats to Republicans. Recent news reports say the Alabama Democratic Party sat on hundreds of thousands of dollars — money candidates say could have been used toward their campaigns. Many Alabama Democratic candidates blame their poor performance on the lack of support from the state Party.