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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - Alabama Senate primary: A voter's guide to the Democratic candidates [Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.] - August 18, 2017

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 8/13/17 - Alabama Senate primary: A voter's guide to the Democratic candidates [Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.]

Aug. 13If the Republicans battling for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions have turned the race into an explosive air war, the Democrats have been more like ham radio operators, sending messages out into the void with no guarantee of a response.

And if turnout on the GOP side is expected to be low, the Democratic side could be lower still. The Alabama Secretary of State's office expects about 200,000 ballots to be cast in the primary, about a third of the expected appearance on the Republican side. Fundraising has also lagged. The combined haul by the top three Democratic candidates through July 26 was $150,000 less than what Sen. Luther Strange brought in that month alone.

At the same time, a number of Democrats hope that a base energized by President Donald Trump's election might give a Democratic nominee a chance to win their first U.S. Senate election in the state since 1992 especially if former Chief Justice Roy Moore wins the Senate nomination.

The Democrats in the race, like the Republicans, have few ideological differences. All are critics of Trump and broadly support the party's priorities on health care, immigration and the enviornment.

Doug Jones

Age: 63

Residence: Birmingham

Family: Married; three children, two grandchildren

Profession: Attorney

Offices held/offices sought: U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, 1997-2001; first run for public office

PROFILE: Doug Jones wants to stress 'kitchen table issues'

Finances: Jones raised $193,399 through July 26, and spent $127,867.10.

Theme of campaign: Jones says he wants to hit pocketbook issues, with a strong emphasis on health care and raising the minimum wage to some level above $10 an hour. He also emphasizes his time as U.S. attorney, where he secured convictions of two of the men responsible for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Affordable Care Act: Supports the ACA and strongly opposes efforts to repeal the law, which he calls the "start of a conversation" about improving health insurance coverage. Says he's open to a public option to allow people to buy into Medicare.

Immigration and trade: Favors streamlining administrative procedures for immigration and reassessing the current quota system to reduce backlogs and illegal immigration. Opposes Trump's immigration policy. Says withdrawal from NAFTA would be a "mistake" that could hurt Alabama's automotive industry.

Climate change: Supports "reasonable restrictions" on carbon emissions.

Social issues: Supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Robert Kennedy Jr.

Age: 47

Party: Democratic

Residence: Prichard

Family: Married

Profession: Digital marketing executive for laboratory supply company

Offices held/offices sought: First run for public office

PROFILE: Robert Kennedy Jr. says he's more than a name

Finances: Kennedy raised $24,345 through July 26, and spent $5,208.76.

Theme of campaign: Kennedy hits centrist, business-friendly notes, broadly upholding Democratic values while stressing a "fiscally responsible" approach on governance. He acknowledges his name will help him in the polls but says his stands of issues will draw voters.

Affordable Care Act: Supports the Affordable Care Act but wants to pursue measures that could address the cost of premiums. Says Democrats need to perform cost analysis before mounting more ambitious health care proposals.

Immigration and trade: Supports a path to status for those who came to the United States illegally, and a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Supports businesses being able to recruit foreign workers. Opposes new tariffs.

Climate change: Supports investments in renewable energy to address climate change.

Social issues: Supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Michael Hansen

Age: 35

Residence: Irondale

Profession: Executive director, GASP

Family: Single

Offices held/offices sought: First run for public office

PROFILE: Michael Hansen seeks success on the left

Funding: Hansen raised $16,959.65 through July 26, and spent $16,083.23.

Theme of campaign: Hansen is running on a progressive platform, saying centrism does not work for Alabama Democrats and that new approaches are needed to return the party to statewide prominence. Although his ideas aren't necessarily outliers among state Democrats, he is more willing than others to embrace the left wing of the party.

Affordable Care Act: Wants to defend the existing law from repeal efforts but supports Medicare for All, a process to establish a single-payer health care system in the United States.

Immigration and trade: Opposes new tariffs on Mexican goods key to Alabama's automotive industry but says there may be more "wiggle room" on Chinese steel. Says all trade agreements should consider workers' right at home and abroad. Supports efforts to fix the visa system and address backlogs for legal immigrants.

Climate change: Says fighting climate change must be a priority. Calls a carbon tax aimed at curbing emissions a "great idea" but says he's open to any ideas to address the problem.

Social issues: Supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Other candidates

Will Boyd

Age: 46

Residence: Florence

Party: Democratic

Family: Married; three children

Profession: Bishop and pastor

Offices held/offices sought: Chairman, Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee, 2017-present; Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 2016; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, 2010; City councilman, Greenville, Ill., 2009-2011.

Boyd calls for new investments in infrastructure, education and anti-poverty efforts, including at least $3 billion for new road and bridge construction in Alabama and $140 million for worker training in community colleges and trade centers around the state. He also calls for a $15 minimum wage by 2018, sentencing reform and renewed efforts to address gaps in health care coverage in Alabama, particularly among women.

Vann Caldwell

Age: 33

Residence: Talladega

Family: Married; one child

Profession: Business owner

Offices held/offices sought: Talladega County Constable, 2016-present

Caldwell says he wants "to help this great nation reach its fullest potential" and says he will "protect the civil rights of everyone in the country, both liberal and conservative rights." He says he would make investments in green jobs and seek more money for education.

Jason Fisher

Age: 45

Residence: Orange Beach

Party: Democratic

Family: Widower; one child

Profession: Nonprofit executive

Offices held/offices sought: First run for public office

Fisher has one of the more detailed issues sections of the candidates, with a particular emphasis on improving access to health care and disability rights; his daughter is a special needs child. The candidate says "real family values" require higher wages, flexible time for workers and an end to "abusive practices that overwork salaried employees to the detriment of the family bond." Fisher also calls for comprehensive immigration reform; new federal investments in science research; more federal resources for education and a constitutional amendment banning gerrymandering, if needed.

Charles Nana

Age: 52

Residence: Birmingham

Party: Democratic

Family: Married; three children

Profession: Engineer

Offices held/offices sought: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, 2016.

Nana, an immigrant from Cameroon, says Alabama needs a "fresh wind" following a series of scandals. He proposes a broad platform ranging from free pre-kindergarten funding and creating a liveable wage to criminal justice reform, as well as a "dishonesty bill" that, he says, would force politicians who lie out of office.

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