Gayle Gear

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Gayle Gear
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Former candidate for
Alabama State Senate, District 17
J.D.Samford University's Cumberland School of Law
Ph.D.University of Connecticut
Campaign website
Gayle Gear was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 17 of the Alabama State Senate.


Gear has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and her J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. She is a Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent-rated Lawyer who serves the public servants of Birmingham and the rest of Alabama.[1]


Campaign themes


Gear's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Dr. Gear is running for the seat on a platform of bringing more jobs to Alabama through public/private partnerships and reviving the public's trust in their elected officials.[3]



See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Shay Shelnutt, Jim Murphree, Gayle Gear, Brett King, Adam Ritch, Joe Cochran, and Jim Roberts faced off in the Republican primary. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Shelnutt and King - met in a runoff election, which Shelnutt won.[4] Shelnutt was unchallenged in the general election.[5][6][7][8]

Alabama State Senate, District 17 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShay Shelnutt 34.3% 7,480
Green check mark transparent.pngBrett King 30.1% 6,574
Jim Murphree 9.6% 2,084
Gayle Gear 8.1% 1,759
Jim Roberts 7.8% 1,698
Joe Cochran 6.7% 1,467
Adam Ritch 3.4% 745
Total Votes 21,807


In 2014, Gear's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • John Garrison/ Garrison Steel Fabricators and Erectors
  • Birmingham Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1

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