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Voters head to polls in special election runoffs in House District 4, Senate District 26

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today, voters in State House District 4 and Senate District 26 go to the polls to select their legislators.

Republicans go to the polls in House District 4 to decide between Tom Fredricks and Parker Moore in the GOP primary runoff.

Fredricks is a resident and businessman in Priceville, Alabama. Tom serves on the board of several benevolence programs and is involved with the Republican Party at both the county and state levels. Tom is the owner of Fredricks Outdoor.

Parker Moore is a native of Decatur, Alabama. He is currently employed with Encore Rehabilitation as Marketing Representative for North Alabama. He serves on the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Advisory Board. Moore has been actively involved in the Republican Party since college and interned with U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville. Moore has regularly volunteered with Wounded Warrior projects.

The winner of the Republican primary runoff on Feb. 27 will go on to face Democrat Juanita Healy in the special general election in May.

This seat became vacant when state Representative Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, had to step down after he pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

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District 4 covers portions of Morgan and Limestone counties.

This is a special election to cover the remainder of Hammon’s term. There will be another major party primary on June 5 to elect the district’s representative for the next four years.

Democrats go to the polls in Senate District 26, where state Representative John Knight, D-Montgomery, and Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette are running in the Democratic party primary runoff.

Coach David Burkette is an educator. He has been a teacher and a coach in the Montgomery School System. He currently works as an assistant principal at Bellingrath Middle School and is attending Miles Law School as a third year law student. Coach Burkette has served three terms as a Montgomery city councilman.

State Rep. John Knight is formerly the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Alabama State University. He was first elected in 1993.

Knight serves on the Board of Directors for the Kershaw YMCA, the Montgomery Housing Authority, the Montgomery Improvement Association, the Southern Development Council, Inc., and the Cleveland Avenue YMCA.

Knight and Burkette are seeking the Democratic party nomination to fill the seat vacated by Quinton Ross, who left the position to become Alabama State University’s new president. The winner will go on to face Republican DJ Johnson in the May special general election.

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Senate District 26 is in Montgomery County.

Participating in an Alabama election requires having a valid photo ID with you when you go to the polls.

Forms of photo ID accepted at the polls are any of the following documents: driver’s license; Alabama photo voter ID card; State issued ID – any state; federal issued ID; U.S. passport; employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state; student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama – including postgraduate technical or professional schools; Military ID; or Tribal ID.

Your vote will only be accepted at the polling place in which you are assigned to vote.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Both of these elections are for the remainder of the current terms. The major party primaries for the next term will be on June 5, 2018.

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

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