Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker announced today he would run for chief justice next year.
Parker made the announcement right after suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore announced he was running for the U.S. Senate.
Parker said he believes Moore was “unlawfully removed from office.”
“Alabama is a conservative state,” Parker said in a press release. “We revere the Constitution and the Rule of Law. And I believe our courts are the battleground for our God-given rights as free people.”
Parker was elected to the Supreme Court and 2004 and reelected in 2010 and 2016.
Before that, Parker was deputy administrative director and general counsel for the Alabama court system. He was an assistant state attorney general under Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and Bill Pryor.