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Governor Bentley Announces Court-Approved Timeline for Special Election in 1st Congressional District

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From the Office of Governor Robert Bentley

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced a court-approved timeline for the expected special election in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.

Governor Bentley sought a court order in an effort to hold the special election on an expedited schedule.  The Governor’s goal is to have Congressional representation for the people of District 1 as quickly as possible while protecting the rights of military and overseas voters.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama entered a court order late Friday afternoon approving the expedited timeline sought by Governor Bentley.

Governor Bentley earlier announced the dates of qualification for the special election as August 3 through August 5.  Further, Judge Thompson’s order now permits Alabama to hold the expected special election on a timeline that allows a new member of Congress to be seated before Congress convenes in January of 2014.

Based on the timeline approved by Judge Thompson, and contained in his order:

The qualification period remains August 3 through August 5.
The special primary election will take place Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
The special primary runoff, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
If a special primary runoff is not required, the special general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
If a special primary runoff is required, the special general election will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

Further, all third-party candidates, independent candidates, and/or minor party candidates seeking to qualify as candidates in the election must file the appropriate paperwork with the Secretary of State no later than September 24, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

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“This timeline will allow the voters of District 1 to choose their next representative as soon as possible,” Governor Bentley said.  “My goal is to have representation for this district when Congress convenes next year.  This timeline also protects the rights of military and overseas voters to cast absentee ballots for the candidate of their choice.”

The election timeline is based on the anticipated vacancy of the seat by Congressman Jo Bonner, who recently announced he will resign at 11:59 p.m. on August 2nd to accept a new position with the University of Alabama.  Governor Bentley plans to issue the official proclamation calling the special election as soon as the formal vacancy of the District 1 seat is created.

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Alabama Republicans will hold summer meeting August 1

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Tuesday, the Alabama Republican Party announced that the state executive committee will meet on Saturday, August 1.

The Alabama Republican Party Summer Meeting is scheduled to be at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, AL 35173).

“We will be meeting in person and will be following all social distancing guidelines as applicable at the meeting time,” wrote Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan. “As the guidelines change, the ALGOP will plan accordingly for a safe, in person business meeting. The civic center can accommodate the social distancing guidelines with some alternations. However, as of today, special event buildings are closed. We will look for a backup place in case we need one. For now, our meeting is booked at the Trussville Civic Center.”

“Because of the guidelines that require distancing and not knowing what the future brings, the luncheon fundraiser we had scheduled prior to our meeting will be postponed,” Lathan explained. “Seating for 8-10 people at a table is not conducive for now- hopefully this will change sooner than later. It takes us months to prepare for 500 at our dinners, luncheons and meetings. The virus situation has hijacked many of our choices. Stay tuned for information about an exciting event later in the fall.”

Lathan said that, “The guidelines are fluid and our plan will need to adjust accordingly.” “Please be assured that our team will be focused on having a safe and efficient Summer Meeting on August 1.”

“I encourage you and your county parties to use your time this summer working on your political plans,” Chairman Lathan told the members of the Executive Committee. “We have asked the chairs to turn in your tentative plans to us by July 1 so we all can prepare early to win back the US Senate race and re-elect President Trump. It’s Great to be a Republican.”

Re-electing Donald J. Trump (R) and defeating Democratic incumbent Senator Doug Jones are the focus of the Alabama Republican Party. Tommy Tuberville and Jeff Sessions are in the July 14 Republican Primary runoff seeking that nomination.

The Alabama Republican Party holds six of the state’s seven congressional seats. They are not challenging incumbent Terri Sewell (D-Selma). Republican incumbents Mo Brooks of Huntsville and Gary Palmer of Hoover do not have Democratic challengers. Republicans are hoping to re-elect incumbent Congressmen Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) who face Democratic challengers. Congressional Districts One and Two are both vacant. In CD1 Bill Hightower faces Jerry Carl in the Republican Party primary runoff. In CD2 Barry Moore and Jeff Coleman are seeking the GOP nomination. Both eventual nominees will face Democratic opponents in the fall.

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The Alabama Republican Party holds every statewide office. The highest profile state office on the November ballot is Public Service Commission President where the Alabama Republican Party hopes to re-elect incumbent Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.

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Russell Bedsole announces candidacy for House District 49

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Tuesday, Russell Bedsole announced his candidacy for Alabama House of Representatives District 49.

Bedsole has 22 years of experience with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. He has also been elected twice by the citizens of Alabaster to represent Ward 5 on the Alabaster City Council. Bedsole’s campaign said that his time of service, Alabaster has benefited from positive economic growth, a first-class school system, and a high quality of life.

Bedsole describes himself as a conservative Christian candidate.

“I believe that life starts at conception, that the 2nd amendment should be protected, that our taxes need to be low and fair, and that our cities and counties need their fair share of infrastructure support,” Bedsole declared.

Bedsole says that he is dedicated to the service of the citizens of District 49 and standing up for conservative values.

Bedsole is the only current public sector employee serving on the current city council, where he has fought to enhance the benefits of Alabaster employees.

Bedsole promised to make District 49 a great place to live for all of its citizens by working to improve District 49’s infrastructure and traffic flow, increase economic development, and advance school systems.

“I have spent many successful years with my family by my side serving my community and demonstrating the type of leadership the people of District 49 will appreciate,” Bedsole stated. “I am patient enough to listen to those who have something to say, but bold enough to speak up for those who feel like they do not have a voice.”

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“I humbly ask for your vote on August 4th to allow me to serve District 49,” concluded Bedsole.

Bedsole joins a crowded Republican primary field. James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely, Mimi Penhale, and Donna Strong are also running for the Republican nomination for House District 49.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Rep. April Weaver (R-Briarfield) resigned to join the Trump administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties.

The special primary election for House District 49 will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If a runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The special general election will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

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Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Jerry Carl

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Tuesday, the Alabama Farmers Federation’s political action committee, FarmPAC, announced that they have endorsed Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl (R) for Alabama’s First Congressional District.

“We take pride in being a grassroots organization with local leaders driving the endorsement process,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “After a careful consideration, county Federations in southwest Alabama made their recommendation, and I am pleased to announce the Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed Jerry Carl. Alabama’s 1st Congressional district has a rich heritage rooted in agriculture and timber, and Jerry will be strong advocate from those industries in Washington.”

Carl expressed his appreciation for the Federation’s endorsement.

“It is an incredible honor to have the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” Carl said. “With agriculture being our state’s largest industry, our farmers are the backbone of our state and our economy. They represent the hard-working interests of the district that I will fight for in Congress as we work to get our economy back on track. \The Federation knows I will fight tirelessly for the president’s agenda and will do what is needed to support the hard-working men and women who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”

Congressional endorsements are recommended by county Federations in each district based on the candidates’ positions on key issues impacting farmers and rural Alabama. Carl is running in the Republican primary runoff against former State Senator Bill Hightower. The First Congressional District is open because incumbent Rep. Bradley Byrne is not seeking re-election. The eventual winner of the Republican nomination will face the winner of the Democratic Party primary runoff in the November 3 general election. The Democratic runoff is between Kiani Gardner and James Averhart.

Other candidates in the July 14 runoff races endorsed by the Federation include: Tommy Tuberville (R) for U.S. Senate, Jeff Coleman (R) in Alabama Congressional District 2, and incumbent Judge Beth Kellum (R) for Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2.

The Federation encourages voters concerned about casting a vote in person to follow guidance from Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill (R).

“Amid coronavirus concerns, it is important to remember that Alabamians who are concerned about contracting or spreading an illness have the opportunity to avoid the polls on Election Day by casting an absentee ballot,” said Merrill. “Alabamians can access the application online or by visiting or calling their local Absentee Election Manager’s office.”

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35 days left to apply for an absentee ballot for primary runoff election

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Ahead of the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, Secretary Merrill reminds Alabama voters that there are 35 days left to apply for an absentee ballot.

In order to protect the safety and well-being of our voters, Secretary Merrill encourages those who are concerned about contracting or spreading the coronavirus to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online or requested by visiting or calling the local Absentee Election Manager’s office.

Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.

Due to the declared states of emergency, any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual. In the case none of the boxes are appropriate, voters can check the box which reads as follows:

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

For the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, June 29, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, July 9, the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager is the close of business Monday, July 13, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, July 13.

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.

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The following video walks voters through applying for an absentee ballot:

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot for the July 14, 2020 Primary Runoff Election

To learn more about testing locations and options related to the coronavirus, please call 1-888-264-2256 or visit CDC.gov.

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