Alabama GOP gubernatorial candidate Michael McAllister dies
Michael McAllister, a Republican candidate for governor who kept a low profile during his short time in the race, was found dead Sunday inside his Troy home following a welfare check, the Pike County Sheriff's Office told AL.com on Wednesday. He was 69.
"Nobody heard from him for a few days, so the deputies went down and had to force entry to the residence," said Pike County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Buck Williams. "He had already been deceased [when deputies found him], and there was not any evidence of foul play. He had a bunch of health problems."
Williams said he did not know what those specific health problems were.
McAllister was a former corrections officer, according to the sheriff's office.
He entered the Republican primary for governor, but did not respond to repeated phone calls for an interview or to repeated invitations to participate in AL.com's candidate debate.
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Democratic candidate James Fields appeals to environmental voters
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate James Fields released a statement emphasizing his commitment to protecting Alabama’s natural resources.
“My plan is to take better care of Alabama’s waterways, make better use and create more opportunities of Recycling. Insure that we have quality Drinking Water, address major Sewage issues, insure better Air Quality giving Alabama citizens, animals and plants better living space NOW and leading into the Future,” Fields said. ...
Fields is the director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Its mission is to promote the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources.
Fields is the only Black candidate in the Democratic primary. To win, he needs to do well among Black voters, but he also needs to appeal to suburban White Democrats. One issue that appeals to many White Democrats is the environment.
Fields faces a crowded Democratic primary with Doug “New Blue” Smith, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox, Chris Countryman, and former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb.
The major party primaries will be on June 5.