Bud Armstrong explains comeback win for chancellor | #republicans | #Alabama | #GOP

Former Knox County Law Director Richard “Bud” Armstrong, often in controversy with other county officials during his eight years in office, has made a comeback by winning the Republican nomination for chancellor after being out of office two years.

In last Tuesday’s election, Armstrong defeated incumbent Republican Clarence “Eddie” Pridemore for the Part II chancellor position and lawyer R. Deno Cole. Cole received the highest ranking in a Knoxville Bar Association survey of its members with Armstrong receiving the lowest. Pridemore was a political unknown when as the Republican nominee in 2014 he defeated longtime chancellor Daryl Fansler, a Democrat, in an upset.

Armstrong ran an aggressive campaign — he said he was his own campaign manager — and counted on voters from previous campaigns to help get elected again. He previously served as an 8th District county commissioner. In 2010, he lost a run for an at-large commission seat to Ed Shouse. Then he won two elections as law director and was term-limited.

“A lot of people helped me,” Armstrong said. They included Steve Hunley, publisher of the weekly Knoxville Focus.

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