Alabama Secretary of State: Meet the Candidates

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Alabama Secretary of State: Meet the Candidates
The race for Alabama’s top elections official and records keeper pits John Merrill against Heather Milam.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The race for Alabama’s top elections official and records keeper pits a Republican incumbent against a Democratic newcomer.

John Merrill: Republican

John Merrill was elected in 2014 after serving one term in the Alabama legislature. The Heflin native now lives in Tuscaloosa and previously served as chairman of the Alabama Republican party.

Secretary of State John Merrill
Secretary of State John Merrill

Merrill has touted the success of registering more than a million new voters in Alabama since he took office. He’s been criticized by some for supporting Alabama’s voter ID law and not supporting early voting.

Heather Milam: Democrat

Heather Milam is a Democrat and says she is running to empower voters and plans to expand and restore access and voting security for all Alabamians, regardless of party affiliation.

Secretary of State candidate Heather Milam
Secretary of State candidate Heather Milam

Milam is a native of Childersburg and now lives in Birmingham. Her background includes work in both publishing and marketing, as well as teaching business at University of Montevallo.

Where they stand

John Merrill - See his stance on elections, business, and family adoptions.

Heather Milam - See her platform that includes expanded voter access and creating what she says is a more transparent and accessible public servant.

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John Merrill

Heather Milam

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