By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter
A college administrator from Judson College in Marion, Alabama, announced his candidacy for a soon-to-be vacant seat in the Alabama House of Representatives on Friday in a press release.
Billy McFarland, who serves as a special assistant to the school of business development’s president, will kick off his campaign at a meet-and-greet event in Northport, Alabama.
The event will feature Secretary of State John Merrill and Perry Hooper Jr., chairman of President Donald Trump’s Alabama Victory Committee.
McFarland is running as a Republican for the 61st House District which will be left open after current State Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, vacates the seat. Harper announced earlier this year that he won’t seek re-election for the seat after more than a decade of holding it.
McFarland’s only registered primary challenger is Northport City Council Member Rodney Sullivan, according to the secretary of state’s website. No Democratic challengers have registered.
The primary election is set for June 5, 2018, and the general election will be held Nov. 6, 2018.