Democrats vie for a shot at Alabama’s governor seat in primary election

(WTVM) - Alabama's primary elections will be decided in less than two weeks.

Registered members of Alabama's Democratic Party will have five names to pick from on the ballot come June 5 for the official party nomination and candidacy for governor.

Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb is running for the nomination. Cobb was last in office back in 2011 and was the first woman elected chief justice in the state's history.

Minister and former state representative James Fields who was the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2014 and ultimately lost to now-Governor Kay Ivey is also seeking the nomination.

Long-time mayor of Tuscaloosa Walt Maddox, who has served in the city's government in some capacity since 2001, marriage equality activist Christopher Countryman, businessman Doug "New Blue" Smith and Army veteran and minister Anthony White round out the list of nominees.

Registered voters planning to use an absentee ballot have until May 31 to mail them in.

Whoever wins the June primary will face one of several candidates vying for the Republican Party nomination for Alabama's governor.

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