Supreme Court: Parker wins Chief Justice, Mitchell wins, Place 1 heads to runoff

Associate Justice Tom Parker has won the Republican primary for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Parker defeated current Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart. The race pitted Parker, long-time ally of Roy Moore, against Stuart, the judge who took over his duties when Moore was suspended.

Parker will face Democrat Bob Vance in November. The race sets up something of a rematch. Vance, a Jefferson County judge, narrowly lost the chief justice race in 2012 to Moore.

Parker worked as Moore’s legal adviser when he was chief justice. Parker and was elected to the court in 2004.

Jay Mitchell of Birmingham has won the Republican nomination for the Place 4 seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.
Mitchell defeated attorney John Bahakel. He will face Democrat Donna Wesson Smalley in November.

The office of chief justice and another associate justice position on the Alabama Supreme Court are also at stake during Tuesday’s primary.

The race for the Republican nomination for Place 1 on the nine-member Supreme Court is going to a runoff.
Court appointee Brad Mendheim and Sarah Hicks Stewart of Mobile will face off in a runoff for the nomination.