Jerry Carl vs. Barry Moore Headlines Contested Races: The March Republican primary in Mobile County, Alabama, will witness several races where incumbents are facing challengers. The deadline for candidate qualification has passed, and the GOP primary includes a notable matchup between incumbent 1st District Representative Jerry Carl and Representative Barry Moore, the current 2nd District incumbent affected by court-ordered redistricting.
Other contested races involving incumbents include:
1. Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson facing school board member Doug Harwell in Commission District 2.
2. Newly appointed Mobile County Circuit Judge Vicki Davis facing Chris Callaghan.
3. License Commissioner Nick Matranga being challenged by David P’Nut Melton.
4. District 2 school board member Don Stringfellow facing a challenge from Tony McCarron.
Political analysts suggest that Jerry Carl has the advantage in the 1st District race, given the majority of the new district’s population is in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
While it’s unusual to see multiple challengers against incumbents, the contested races indicate a sense of change or momentum in the political landscape, according to University of South Alabama political science professor Thomas Shaw.
The primary field also features contested races for open seats, including Lonnie Parsons against Grant Morring in District 1 and Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Johana Bucci facing lawyers Richard Foreman and Eucellis Sullivan for a newly created district judge position.