Nelson, who will seek the office of coroner in the Tuesday, June 3, primaries, is expected to be among only a handful of Democrats to qualify this year.
The Walker County Democratic Party opened its qualifying period Friday with a gathering at Moore’s Landing in Jasper. Qualifying will be held now through Friday, Feb. 7.
Locally, there’s only six offices up for re-election during this election cycle: Walker County sheriff, Walker County coroner, Walker County District Judge, superintendent of Walker County Schools, chairman of the Walker County Board of Education and Walker County Revenue Commissioner.
Nath Camp, chairman of the county’s Democratic Party, said local Democrats are optimistic about their chances in this year’s elections.
“I think this election is going to go very well for us,” Camp said Friday night. “Honestly, I think Obamacare is smoothing out. I think the federal goverment has had a lot of problems with Obamacare, and I think President Obama has made it bumpier for us local Democrats. But I think it’s smoothing out and, in the end, it’s going to be where we, as local Democrats, do well.”
Camp said when Democrats talk about core issues, such as education and creating jobs, things tend to fare well for the party.
“I think we have strong folks in our state party who are running, and if these guys can get up and get running and get our message out, we’re going to be very strong this year.”
Any Democratic candidate wishing to qualify may call Camp at (205) 282-1010 or party official Shirley Mitchell at (205) 717-4027.
“If anyone wants to qualify to run, they can call me and I’ll meet them anywhere with the paperwork needed to qualify,” Camp said.