Senate District 14 Race

By Amy Young

On March 30, three candidates ran in the Republican Primary for Senate District 14, which was previously held by Cam Ward before Governor Ivey appointed him to be Director of Pardons and Paroles. The candidates were April Weaver, Dr. Donna Strong, and Joseph Barlow. Weaver was able to win the primary without the need for a runoff election.

Joseph Barlow is a newcomer in the political world running in his first election. He is currently a paralegal and recently received a Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology. Barlow received 3.7% of the votes.

Donna Strong recently ran for House District 49’s Republican primary. She has been an educator for 31 years and has made education her platform. Dr. Strong received 3.8% of the votes.

April Weaver spent the last 10 years as the Representative for House District 49, before joining the Trump administration last year. She has worked in hospital administration in various capacities for the past 23 years. Weaver received 92.6% of the votes, which is more than enough to become the Republican nominee without the need for a runoff election.

Weaver will face Democratic candidate Virginia Applebaum in the general election on July 13.

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