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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Statement from Chairman Kennedy on the nomination of Judge Robert Vance for Chief Justice

Judge Robert Vance will stand as the Democratic Party’s candidate for Chief Justice this November.

"We are thrilled that Judge Vance has stepped forward and will be our candidate for Chief Justice this November,” said Mark Kennedy, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party. “Judge Vance is an incredibly well respected judge who will serve us proudly in the upcoming election and, most importantly, serve all the people of Alabama on the court."

Judge Robert Vance was the only candidate to qualify to run for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court following the previous candidate being disqualified by the Party’s Executive Board late last week.

Over the past decade, Judge Vance has become one of the most respected jurists in the state while serving as a civil circuit court judge in Jefferson County.  Prior to this, Judge Vance practiced law with the Birmingham firm of Johnston, Barton, Proctor, & Powell, L.L.P. and clerked for Hon. Tom McGee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is a graduate of Princeton University (1982) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1985).  He lives in Birmingham with his wife, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Joyce Vance, and their four children.

“The people of Alabama can feel confident that Judge Vance would lead the court with the rule of law in mind rather than politics,” said Kennedy. “We are proud he is our candidate and the people of Alabama will be proud to have him as Chief Justice.”