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Alabama Governor: The Candidates

Fob James (R) | Don Siegelman (D)

Primary Contenders:
Winton Blount | Guy Hunt | Mac McAllister | Phil Williams
Lenora Pate | Harry Lyons

Gov. Forrest "Fob" James, Jr. (R)
Before his political life began, James ran a successful business making plastic barbells. The former Auburn football star took office in 1979, serving one term as a Democratic governor. Now at the end of his second four-year stint as Alabama's chief executive, this time as a Republican, James has had trouble pushing his agenda of tort and tax policy reforms through the state legislature. He also has urged Alabama residents to ignore a federal court ruling that limits the practice of religion in public schools. In February, James hired hired former Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed as a political consultant.
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Lt. Gov. Don Siegelman (D)
The governorship would be the next stepping stone in the long, gradual political career of Lt. Gov. Don Siegelman. He was the runner-up in the 1994 Democratic gubernatorial primary and has also served as secretary of state and Alabama attorney general.
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Primary Contenders
Winton Blount (R)
Businessman William Blount entered the race at the last minute. Later in the month, in an effort to increase his name recognition, he sponsored the "Blount for Governor" car driven in the Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega. In 1994, he came in third in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Guy Hunt (R)
When Alabama's Board of Pardons and Paroles on April 1 restored former Gov. Guy Hunt's right to vote following his 1993 conviction on ethics charges, Hunt said he had no intentions to run for office. On April 3, he announced his candidacy. Hunt, who was governor from 1991-1993, is expected to pull support from James's corp of white, conservative Christian supporters.

L.L. "Mac" McAllister (R)
McAllister, the Tuscaloosa County Republican Party chairman was the first candidate to enter the race.
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Phil Williams (R)
Williams, the former state finance director, left James's Cabinet over a business dispute.

Lenora Pate (D)
Lenora Pate, the director of the Department of Industrial Relations under former Gov. Jim Folsom (D), is the first woman to run for Alabama governor as a Democrat since the late Gov. Lurleen Wallace in 1966.

Harry Lyons (D)
Harry Lyons is an attorney.

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