A Republican candidate for governor, Bill Johnson, says that if he is elected next year, he will focus on working with faith and community-based organizations to address needs in the state.
Johnson is the former director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. In that job, he says he partnered with faith and community organizations to help with former prisoners find homes and jobs, to provide mentors to teenagers, and to provide help to tornado and hurricane victims.
Johnson says he's a Republican who wants to help people who are struggling, but he believes government programs are not always the best way to do that.
Active candidates for governor in 2010:
* Robert Bentley (R)
State Rep., Dermatologist & USAF Veteran
* Bradley Byrne (R)
Ex-State Community College System Chancellor & Ex-State Sen.
* Kay Ivey (R)
State Treasurer & Ex-State Higher Education Commissioner
* Tim James (R)
Real Estate Developer, Son of Ex-Gov. Fob James & '02 Candidate
* Bill Johnson (R)
Ex-State Economic Development Director & Ex-Birmingham City
* Roy Moore (R)
Ex-State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Religious Right Activist & '06
* Artur Davis (D)
Congressman & Attorney
* Ron Sparks (D)
State Agriculture Commissioner
* Sam Franklin Thomas (D)
Inventor & Ex-Teacher