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Alabama sheriffs, law enforcement leaders endorse Sarah Stewart for Chief Justice

Associate Justice Sarah Stewart, GOP candidate for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, picked up another round of endorsements today from a group of conservative sheriffs and law enforcement leaders from throughout the state.

One of those leaders, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego, said he hopes the endorsements will show the public that Stewart is a candidate who will, first and foremost, uphold the law.

“These endorsements solidify Justice Sarah Stewart as a true “Tough on Crime” judge and should be a message to voters that she truly believes in “Law and Order,” said Samaniego. “Justice Stewart has the confidence of law enforcement officers, and our community is behind her.”

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Stewart said that she was honored to receive the new endorsements.

“Our county sheriff deputies and municipal police officers are the frontlines of protecting our communities and our property. They are faced everyday with the challenges presented by illegal immigration, a growing drug trade, and a pandemic of lawlessness across our nation.”

“I’m thankful for their support, and they certainly have always had mine.”

The list of law enforcement leaders who announced their endorsement of Stewart today includes:

  • Sheriff John Samaniego, Shelby
  • Sheriff Billy Murray, St Clair
  • Sheriff Kevin Turner, Madison
  • Sheriff Hoss Mack, Baldwin
  • Sheriff Paul Burch, Mobile
  • Sheriff Sam Cochran (Ret.), Mobile
  • Sheriff Ron Abernathy, Tuscaloosa
  • Sheriff Scott Byrd, Coffee
  • Sheriff Joe Hamilton, Lauderdale
  • Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, Talladega
  • Sheriff Rocky Harnen, Jackson
  • Sheriff Richard Stringer, Washington
  • Sheriff Dewayne Smith, Clarke
  • Sheriff Matthew Wade, Calhoun
  • Sheriff Jordan Powell, Pickens
  • Sheriff Marty Gottwald, Lamar
  • Sheriff Bryan Yerby, Fayette
  • Sheriff Heath Jackson, Escambia
  • Sheriff Phil Sims, Marshall
  • Sheriff Mason Bynum, Dale
  • Sheriff Tony Helms, Geneva
  • Sheriff Eric Balentine, Colbert
  • Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Cherokee
  • Chief Deputy Sheriff Josh Summerford Cherokee
  • Sheriff Blake Turman, Covington
  • Sheriff Terry Mears, Crenshaw
  • Chief of Police Ron Tyler, Florence
  • Chief of Police Bill Partridge, Oxford
  • Chief of Police Aaron Carpenter, Chatom
  • Former ALEA Director, now Director of Public Safety, Charles Ward, Ozark.

Last week, Stewart’s campaign also gained the endorsement of 26 various Republican district attorneys from across the state. Alabama’s GOP primary will be held March 5, 2024.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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