Special elections will result in there being four new faces in the Alabama Legislature. This is the result of vacancies having been created in Legislative seats in both the House and Senate. Until these races are over, the people in the affected districts won’t have a representative filling those important seats in the Legislature. I will briefly mention each race below.
THE DISTRICT SEVEN SENATE RACE
A new member of the Senate will soon be elected in the 7th Senatorial District. The primaries held in both parties are now in progress. State Representative Laura Hall won an easy victory in the Democratic primary last month. She took about 80% of the vote against her opponent. In the Republican primary, Sam Givhan, a Huntsville lawyer, led but will have to face a runoff. There were six Republican candidates in the contest to succeed Democrat Parker Griffith, who won a Congressional seat last November. Givhan, the biggest fundraiser in the field, received 30% of the vote in the GOP primary. Restaurateur Paul Sanford was second with 23%, and Mary Scott Hunter, another lawyer, was third at 22%. The runoff is scheduled for April 21st, with the general election set for June 9th. It’s too bad the folks in District 7 won’t have a Senator in the current session, but help is on the way for future sessions.
Source: Associated Press
THE OTHER RACES
There will be three other special elections to be held to fill vacant seats in the 22nd and 19th Senate Districts and in the House District 6 Seat. In Senate District 22, which was vacated by Pat Lindsey, special primary elections will be held on April 14th with a runoff in the Republican primary – if necessary – on June 2nd. The candidates are: on the Democratic side Rep. Marc Keahey; and on the Republican ticket Geg Albriton, Judy Belk and Danny Joyner. The party nominees will face off on July 21st which means the citizens in that district, as in the others, won’t be represented in the Senate in the current session.
In Senate District 19, which was vacated when then-Senator E. B. McClain was convicted of a crime in a Birmingham court, the primary will be on May 12th with a runoff if necessary on June 30th. The Democratic candidates are Louise Alexander; Rep. Merika Coleman; Rep. Priscilla Dunn; Eric Major; Lawrence McAdory; Nathan Reed; Rep. Rod Scott; and Madilyn Southern. I suspect with all of these good candidates, a run-off is likely. There is no Republican candidate so even though a general election date was announced, the survivor amongst the Democrats will be the new Senator.
A special election will be held in House District 6, which became vacant as the result of another criminal conviction. Qualifying for this seat ended on April 3rd but the names weren’t available to us when we sent this issue to the printer. The primaries will be held on May 26th with the run offs, if necessary, on July 14th. The general election will be on September 1st.
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