Parker Griffith Qualifies to Run For Governor as Democrat

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Parker Griffith talks with workers at the Alabama Democratic Party headquarters on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Mike Cason/Alabama Media Group)

Parker Griffith talks with workers at the Alabama Democratic Party headquarters on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Mike Cason/Al.com)

(WHNT) – Parker Griffith has qualified to run for governor with the Alabama Democratic Party. He filed the papers shortly after 4:45 p.m. today, 15 minutes before the deadline, according to Nancy Worley, the Alabama Democratic Party chairman.

Worley said it’s been a busy afternoon – and we asked if there were any other last-minute qualifiers.

“We’ve got bastions of people here,” Worley said, but she didn’t identify anyone by name.

Madison County Democratic Party Chairman Clete Wetli said Griffith was the only viable candidate his party could rely on, despite his infamous reputation for party swapping. Griffith left the Democrats for the Republican Party halfway through his first and only term in Congress, only to be ousted in the GOP primary later that year. He was reinstated by his old party earlier this month.

“I think his chances are excellent,” said Wetli. “Parker Griffith has some answers, and we think he’s going to do a great job so we’ll get behind him.”

Earlier in the week, WHNT News 19 reported Griffith had met with officials in the state Democratic party, who said they welcomed him as a candidate.

Here is a link to view the Alabama Democratic Party’s qualified state candidates.

Here is a link to view the Alabama Republican Party’s qualified state candidates.

Note: These links list the statewide and district candidates.  Candidates for county office qualify with the local county parties.



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