Folsom says paperwork no indication he’s running

Alabama State Capital, Montgomery, Alabama (MGN Online)
Alabama State Capital, Montgomery, Alabama (MGN Online)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. said Monday that he’s not planning to run for lieutenant governor even though he filed paperwork creating a campaign committee for this year’s race.

Folsom’s longtime campaign chairman, Montgomery attorney Peck Fox, filed the paperwork with the secretary of state Friday. Folsom and Fox said the filing was required by Alabama’s new campaign finance law because Folsom has $2,002 left in his campaign account from the 2010 election.

“I don’t have any plans to run. That was strictly a compliance measure,” Folsom said in a phone interview.

Folsom said friends and supporters have been encouraging him to run again this year, and filing the paperwork prompted more calls. But a return to politics is not in his plans for now, he said.

Folsom lives in Cullman and operates an investment business in Birmingham. He was elected twice as lieutenant governor before moving up to governor in 1993 when Gov. Guy Hunt was convicted of an ethics violation and removed from office. Folsom lost a bid for a full term in 1994 and left politics for several years before returning in 2006 to win the lieutenant governor’s office again. He lost his re-election bid in 2010 to Republican Kay Ivey.

The deadline for Democratic and Republican candidates to sign up for this year’s race for lieutenant governor is Friday.

Ivey is running again and is opposed in the Republican primary June 3 by Jefferson County minister Stan Cooke.

Former state Rep. James Fields of Cullman is seeking the Democratic nomination. Like Folsom, he was one of many Democrats defeated in 2010 when Republican candidates swept all three branches of state government.

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