Doug Jones Earns Alabama Democratic Nomination for U.S. Senate
A Rhodes Scholar who earned a juris doctor in 1981, Edgar “Ed” Gentle has since accumulated over 35 years of experience as an attorney. In addition to his legal experience, Ed Gentle serves as treasurer for the Alabama Democratic Party.
Because of a presidential appointment, the United States Senate seat designated for Alabama has been left vacant for several months. The general election to fill the seat is scheduled for December 12 and will see either Roy Moore or Luther Strange represent the Republican Party in a vote against Doug Jones, a former attorney who won the Democratic primary handily on Tuesday, August 15. According to the Associated Press, Jones earned 66 percent of the vote in the seven-candidate field.
Jones faces an uphill battle, as the Democrats haven’t won an Alabama Senate race since Richard C. Shelby claimed a second term in 1992. However, Jones, who is best known for leading a case to convict two perpetrators of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, has received endorsements from prominent Democrats such as Joe Biden, John Lewis, and Terri A. Sewell.