"Tell Steve French to 'mustard' up all he can and to 'ketchup,'" Blackmore-Jenkins said.
HOOVER, Alabama - Pamela Blackmore-Jenkins, one of four candidates in Tuesday's Republican primary for Alabama House District 46, today threw her support behind front-runner David Faulkner in his July 15 runoff with Steve French.
Blackmore-Jenkins of Hoover came in last of the four Republicans in the race Tuesday, garnering 5 percent of the vote in the district, which covers parts of Homewood, Hoover and Mountain Brook and is now represented by Congressional candidate Paul DeMarco.
Homewood's Justin Barkley, who narrowly missed out on the runoff with 23 percent of the vote and only 228 votes shy of second-place finisher French, said he has not yet decided whether he will make an endorsement in the runoff. He plans to meet with both candidates soon before deciding, he said.
Blackmore-Jenkins said she chose to support Faulkner because she knows him and supported him when he ran unsuccessfully for a Jefferson County judgeship two years ago. "I think he'll do OK with the seat with the right support," she said.
"Tell Steve French to 'mustard' up all he can and to 'ketchup,'" she said, referring to French's campaign signs that closely resemble the French mustard logo.
Blackmore-Jenkins said she has no regrets about her campaign.
"I know that I ran a clean race. I woke up this morning with a pure heart and a corrupt-free mind, knowing I ran a strong race," she said. "This race was not about me winning. This race was about me learning, and I learned a lot ... I think I have the tools, the experience and knowledge and a greater network now to be a little bit more ready for the next time."
She probably will run for elected office again, but right now, "I'm going to do what I've got to do to help David," she said.
Barkley said he's very thankful for all the people who helped his campaign finish as strong as it did. He believes he did very well for a first-time candidate running against two people from Mountain Brook whom he said raised probably close to $150,000 each, compared to the $35,000 or so that he spent on the race.
Both Faulkner and French also had high name recognition -- French from his prior service as a state senator and executive director of the Alabama Republican Party, and Faulkner from his run for the judgeship two years ago, Barkley said.
"We were there til the end," Barkley said. "I'm incredibly proud of what we did."
Both Faulkner and French said they are looking forward to the runoff. Whoever wins the Republican primary will face Libertarian Steven Tucker in the November general election.