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Alabama Senate race results

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On Tuesday, Alabama voters went to the polls to select who they want representing their party in the state legislature. There were a number of competitive primary battles to watch on Tuesday.
In the Republican Primary:

In district 2 former state Senator Tom Butler won the Republican primary with 66 percent of the vote. Madison city Councilman Steve Smith had 34 percent.

In District 4 incumbent Paul Bussman, R-Cullman, was crushed by challenger Garlan Gudger. Gudger got 59 percent.

In District 6 incumbent Larry Stutts, R-Sheffield, received 47 percent of the vote and is in a runoff with challenger Steve Lolley 29 percent. Eric Aycock was the other challenger.

In District 7 Sam Givhan defeated Mary Scott Hunter 57 percent to 43 percent. Hunter serves on the state school board and could never overcome opposition to her controversial decision to vote for and support Common Core aligned the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

In District 8 incumbent Sen. Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro, 79 percent defeated challenger Max D. Fuller 22 percent.

In District 10 state Representative Mack N. Butler, R-Rainbow City, 47 percent lost to Cherokee County cattle farmer Andrew Jones 47 percent.

In District 12 incumbent Senator Del Marsh, R-Anniston, narrowly held on to his seat 53 percent to challenge from Wayne Willis with 47 percent. Marsh is the Senate President Pro Tem and arguably the most powerful person in the state legislature. There is speculation that Marsh may run for U.S. Senator in 2020 or state office in 2022.

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In District 13 Randy Price 47 percent will be in a runoff with Mike Sparks 37 percent. Tim Sprayberry was the third candidate competing for this open seat.

In District 21 incumbent Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, 80 percent soundly defeated challenger Frank Chandler Jr. 20 percent.

District 25 attorney Will Barfoot 64 percent defeated Montgomery County Commissioner Ronda Walker 36 percent for the open seat.

In District 32 Chris Elliott 39 percent will be in a runoff with David Northcutt 33 percent. Jeff Boyd and Bill Roberts were the other candidates running for the open seat.

In District 34 state Representative Jack Williams, R-Wilmer, 64 percent defeated Mark Shirey 36 percent for this open seat.

In the Democratic primary:

In District 2 Amy Wasyluka 67 percent defeated Michael Smith 33 percent.

As of press time, in District 7 it appeared that Deidra Willis had in excess of 49.9 percent of the vote but not the 50 percent plus 1 needed to avoid a runoff. If there is a runoff she will face Deborah Barros 36 percent. Johnathan Hard was the third candidate.

In District 26 David “Coach” Burkette 47 percent is in a runoff with state Representative John Knight, D-Montgomery, 33 percent. Montgomery City Councilman Fred Bell was the third candidate. Burkette is the incumbent having won the seat in a special election three weeks ago.

In District 33 incumbent Senator Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, 67 percent defeated challengers Tshombe Victor Crawford 26 percent and Michael R. Cooley.

The Democratic and Republican runoff elections will be held on July 17.

All the Senate candidates will be on the November 6 general election ballot.

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Alabama Republicans will hold summer meeting August 1

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The Alabama Republican Party announced Tuesday 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 Trump and defeating Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones are the focuses of the Alabama Republican Party. Tommy Tuberville and Jeff Sessions are in the July 14 Republican Primary runoff seeking that nomination.

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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 and Mike Rogers who face Democratic challengers. The 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts 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.

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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Russell Bedsole on Tuesday 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 during 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.

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“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.”

“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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The Alabama Farmers Federation’s political action committee, FarmPAC, announced Tuesday they have endorsed Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.

“We take pride in being a grassroots organization with local leaders driving the endorsement process,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “After 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 a 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 Sen. Bill Hightower.

The 1st 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.

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Other candidates in the July 14 runoff races endorsed by the Federation include Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate, Jeff Coleman in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District and incumbent Judge Beth Kellum 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 Merrill.

“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,” Merrill said. “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, Alabama Secretary of State John 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, 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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