FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2018
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The ProgressPAC board of directors has endorsed Alabama Tax Court Judge Christy Olinger Edwards in the June 5 Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Place 1 Republican primary, ProgressPAC Chairman Mike Kemp announced today.
Edwards seeks the seat on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals held by retiring Judge Craig Pittman.
The ProgressPAC board voted to endorse Judge Edwards because of her commitment to rulings, which align with Alabama law, said Kemp, Business Council of Alabama first vice chairman and president and CEO of Kemp Management Solutions LLC in Birmingham.
“Judge Edwards has the judicial qualities that businesses desire in members of the state’s appellate courts,” Kemp said. “For this reason, ProgressPAC is proud to endorse Judge Edwards in the June 5 primary.”
Judge Edwards serves on the Alabama Tax Court and has served in various legal positions within the Alabama Department of Revenue, including assistant Attorney General.
“I have the education and experience needed to serve as a Court of Civil Appeals judge,” she said. “I pledge to apply the laws as written in a clear and consistent manner so that the people and businesses of this state understand their rights and obligations.
“The ProgressPAC endorsement further validates that I understand the complex laws affecting business in this State, and that my commitment to upholding the law is trusted, proven and firm,” Judge Edwards said.
A Selma native, Judge Edwards earned a juris doctorate from Faulkner University Jones School of Law and an LL.M. from the University of Alabama School of Law with a focus on complex state tax laws.
An award-winning writer and orator, Judge Edwards has been published in national journals regarding state and local taxes. Edwards wants to bring her knowledge of tax laws to bear on the appeals process.
“The businesses and the people of this state need a judge who will oversee the tax laws and protect the taxpayers according to all the laws overseen by this court,” Judge Edwards said. “I will do that.”
She and her husband, Boyd, and their son, live in Montgomery.
“I’m a wife, a mother, a judge and a conservative,” Judge Edwards said. “The only thing I’m promising you is to be fair, and to work hard for the people of our state.”
ProgressPAC is the political action committee of the Business Council of Alabama, Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through member companies and partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
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