James Hall (Alabama)

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James Hall
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Alabama House of Representatives District 64
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James Hall was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 64 of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Hall was a 2013 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama.[1]

On November 13, 2013, a U.S. Circuit Court denied Hall's appeal to appear on the ballot.[2][3]

The seat was open following the resignation of Rep. Jo Bonner. Bonner's resignation, effective August 15, came as the result of a decision to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[4]

Issues

Lawsuit to gain access to ballot

On September 16, 2013, Hall filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Alabama seeking easier access to the general election ballot.[5]

“Ballot access is a precious item and should be treated as such,” Hall said. “However, it should not be restricted to just a Democrat and a Republican.”[5]

Under Alabama law, Independent candidates must gather signatures from at least 3 percent of the registered voters who participated in the last gubernatorial election.

For Hall, a first-time candidate, that meant he needed to collect 5,394 signatures by September 24, 2013, and certified by the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.[5] Hall said the shortened time frame for the special election made it impossible to meet that requirement. His lawsuit seeks to lower the total number of signatures needed for ballot access.[5]

“In normal, regularly scheduled elections, an Independent candidate generally has 24 months or more to gather the signatures,” Hall said. “In this special election, we only have a few weeks to collect the same amount of petition signatures.”[5]

Hall said he contacted Alabama Secretary of State’s office after reading that the Alabama Democratic Party missed an August 6, 2013, deadline to submit the names of its qualified candidates. Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett agreed to qualify the Democratic candidates despite the missed deadline, saying it was in the public interest.[5] Hall said Bennett denied his request to lower the number of signatures needed and also declined to extend the deadline for submitting his petition to the state.[5]

“I was told that there was nothing that could be done,” Hall said.[5]

Hall said he was reluctant to pursue litigation against the state but that he had no other option.[5] His lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, names Bennett as the defendant and includes a second plaintiff.[5]

“The political establishment has a stranglehold on our government and country,” Hall said. “Every day we get closer and closer to firmly establishing an ‘elite political class.’ Restricting ballot access to Independent candidates helps build and maintain that power.”[5]

On November 13, 2013, a U.S. Circuit Court denied Hall's appeal to appear on the ballot.[6][7]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Harry Shiver defeated James Hall in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[8][9][10][11]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 64 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHarry Shiver Incumbent 61.8% 3,693
James Hall 38.2% 2,280
Total Votes 5,973

2013

See also: Alabama's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Hall prepared to run for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. The election was held to replace Jo Bonner, who announced his resignation on May 23, 2013, in order to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[4]

On November 13, 2013, a U.S. Circuit Court denied Hall's appeal to appear on the ballot.[12][13]

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References

  1. blog.al.com, "First-time candidate James Hall to run for AL-01 congressional seat," June 6, 2013
  2. Ballot Access, "James Hall, Alabama Independent Candidate, Appeals Ballot Access Case," accessed December 17, 2013
  3. AL.com, "Federal judge rules against former Marine in ballot access case in 1st Congressional District (updated)," accessed December 17, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 blog.al.com, "BREAKING: Rep. Jo Bonner resigning from Congress," May 23, 2013
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 AL.com, "Independent AL-01 candidate James Hall sues Alabama for ballot access," accessed September 16, 2013
  6. Ballot Access, "James Hall, Alabama Independent Candidate, Appeals Ballot Access Case," accessed December 17, 2013
  7. AL.com, "Federal judge rules against former Marine in ballot access case in 1st Congressional District (updated)," accessed December 17, 2013
  8. Alabama Democrats, "Qualified candidates for public office list," accessed February 27, 2014
  9. Alabama Republican Party, "State Senate," accessed February 27, 2014
  10. Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Democratic Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
  11. Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Republican Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
  12. Ballot Access, "James Hall, Alabama Independent Candidate, Appeals Ballot Access Case," accessed December 17, 2013
  13. AL.com, "Federal judge rules against former Marine in ballot access case in 1st Congressional District (updated)," accessed December 17, 2013