Alabama Democratic Party recommends 7 for judge


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Democratic Party is recommending seven people for two federal judgeships.

The party's interim chairwoman, Nancy Worley, said a party committee interviewed many candidates before coming up with four recommendations to replace District Judge Lynwood Smith in the Northern District, and District Judge Myron Thompson in the Middle District. Both are going on senior status.

Recommended for the Northern District were Tamara Harris Johnson of Birmingham, Martha Lynn Sherrod of Huntsville, Circuit Judge John H. Graham of Scottsboro, and Bob Battle of Birmingham.

Recommended for the Middle District were Herman "Rusty" Johnson Jr. of Birmingham, former Montgomery attorney Hope Ayers, who now practices in Atlanta, and Circuit Judge Collins Pettaway of Selma. The recommendations go to the president.

Alabama's lone Democrat in Congress, Terri Sewell, will also make recommendations.

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