Alabama Governor

Employer / Organization

Alabama

Next Election

Nov 06, 2018

Filing Window

Dec 03, 2017 - Mar 06, 2018

Description

The Governor of the State of Alabama is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Alabama. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a simple majority and is limited to two terms. The governor is responsible for upholding the Alabama Constitution and executing state law. The governor also is commander-in-chief of the state's military forces including the Alabama Army National Guard and Alabama Air National Guard, which are part of the National Guard of the United States, and the Alabama State Defense Force, which is the State Defense Forces. As commander-in-chief, the governor may call out the state's military forces to preserve the public peace when it is not in active service of the United States. At least once every legislative session, the governor is required to deliver an address to the state legislature, referred to as the "State of the State Address," regarding the condition and operation of the state government and to suggest new legislation. Other duties and privileges of the office include: seeing that all laws of the state are faithfully executed; overseeing other state executive officers and agencies; convening extraordinary sessions of the legislature; presenting a budget for the state to the legislature; remitting fines and forfeitures and granting reprieves, paroles, commutations of sentence and pardons; exercising a veto over bills from state legislature. The current salary for the office is $119,950/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Alabama has very specific and detailed campaign finance rules, make sure to consult with the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division in order to abide by all of the candidate campaign finance guidelines and stipulations. 2) Obtain and complete the required filing papers and submit the required filing papers to the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division office. These filing papers include the Appointment of Principal Campaign Committee Form, a Statement of Economic Interests, signature petitions and other documents. To run as an independent candidates, a stipulated number of signatures must be collected, submitted and verified by the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division in order to appear on the ballot. 3) Submit the required filing papers no later than the date of the Alabama primary. (The primary is held on the first Tuesday in March, “Super Tuesday”). If you have any questions please contact the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division office by phone at (334) 242-7210. For more information see: https://www.alabamavotes.gov/downloads/election/2016/ic-info-2016.pdf And the Alabama candidate filing guide: https://www.alabamavotes.gov/downloads/election/fcpa/cfg-14th-edition.pdf *Please Note: to file as a partisan candidate, the filing deadline is much earlier and the details are different. For more information on how to file as a partisan candidate please contact your prefered party county headquarters.