By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, Republican voters went to the polls in House District 4 and chose Parker Moore as their GOP nominee for state representative who defeated businessman Tom Fredricks.
Moore said on Facebook, “What a great night! Thank you to my family, friends, and supporters who have worked hard to secure this exciting victory. I’d like to congratulate my opponent, Mr. Fredricks, and his supporters on a hard-fought race. I look forward to meeting with him in the next few days and I sincerely hope that we can unify the local party and fight together for what’s best for the people of District 4.”
House District 4 represents Morgan and Limestone counties.
As of 6:34 a.m., Moore was leading Tom Fredricks 1,796 votes (56 percent) to 1,435 votes (44 percent).
Moore age 28 is a marketing representative for Encore Rehabilitation.
Tom Fredricks is the owner of Fredricks Outdoors.
Moore will now face Juanita Allen Healy and independent Polan “Pete” Willis Jr. in the special general election on May 15.
House District 4 currently has no representation in the Alabama House because former House Majority Leader Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, creating this vacancy. This election is just for the remaining months of Hammon’s term. Hammon was removed as House majority leader by the House Republican Caucus when information about his legal issues leaked out.
There is legislation before the Alabama legislature that would allow the governor to appoint legislators when a vacancy is created rather than requiring special elections.
In Montgomery County, Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette defeated state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, in the Senate District 26 special election. On May 15, Burkette will face Republican D.J. Johnson in the special general election.
Both Moore and Fredricks are on the ballot again on June 5 in the Republican primary for the next four years.
(Original reporting by the Decatur Times Daily contributed to this report.)