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District 74 Special Election on Tuesday

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Republican voters in Alabama House District 74 are going to go to the polls to select the candidate that they want representing the district for the next 13 months.

Charlotte Borden Meadows faces Dimitri Polizos in a House District 74 Special Republican Primary runoff for the seat which was vacated by Rep. Jay Love (R) when he resigned to accept a position directing an education reform group.

The polls will open on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 am and will close at 7:00 pm.

Charlotte Borden Meadows is a former member of the Montgomery School Board who has been running on her support for education choice in Alabama. Meadows said, “I’m the only candidate being attacked by the AEA, because I’m the only candidate in District 74 that believes in giving Montgomery parents a choice in where they send their kids to school.”

Meadows said, “I’m proud of the work I have done as an education advocate. Alabama’s Education system needs reform and I am not going to back down because AEA attacks me. I am the only candidate that is pushing education reform and not defending the education status quo. I support the Accountability Act because I believe it is good for our students and families.”

Dimitri Polizos said on his website,

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“I am running as a Republican in the upcoming special election for your state house district. Jay Love has resigned. He represented us well, and I hope to offer the kind of leadership Jay has provided for us since he was first elected in 2002. Having been a Montgomery County Commissioner since 2004, I have made my mark as a conservative, responsible public servant who places the needs of my constituents above personal and special interests. The opportunity now presents itself to take my experience to the state level, and I am ready for the challenge. I hope you will take time to learn the issues confronting state government and read about my solutions to the issues. Under the new Republican leadership in the state House and Senate. Alabama is heading in the right direction.”

The winner of the Republican Primary will fill Love’s unexpired term because no Democrat qualified to run in the heavily Republican district. However some political insiders have told The Alabama Political Reporter that Rep. Joe Hubbard (D) is considering running in District 74 in 2014 since his current District was moved to Shelby County during redistricting.

Other insiders argue that that district is too conservative for any Democrat to win and that Joe Hubbard is more likely to run for Mayor of Montgomery if he runs for public office again after his term (and his district) expires next year.

The Republican Primary Special Election was held six weeks ago. Commissioner Polizos had the most votes, but did not have the necessary 50% plus one to win the primary runoff outright, necessitating the primary runoff.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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