Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb raised $41,632 in contributions in June to support her run for the Democratic nomination for governor next year. Candidates could begin raising money in June, 12 months ahead of the primary.
Landon Nichols, Cobb’s campaign manager, issued a statement about the fundraising efforts.
“We are pleased with where we are this early in the campaign and we are grateful to those who have already contributed,” Nichols said. “We are especially glad to have so many individual donors make small contributions.”
The campaign’s first month haul is a start in a good direction for Alabama Democrats as their 2014 nominee Parker Griffith only received $113,054 in his campaign, $57,885 of that being from his own pockets.
Cobb is not the only Democrat running for the Governor’s Mansion. Former pastor Jason Childs qualified to run as a Democrat on July 14th. Childs’ platform consists of marijuana law reform that would legalize the drug and tax it for state income. A graduate of Liberty University, Childs founded the Center for Progress in Alabama.
Other candidates expected to jump in the race: Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced he’s unofficial running, former Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford, former Congressman and 2014 Democratic nominee Parker Griffith, and 2010 Democratic nominee Ron Sparks.