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Alabama Democrats open special qualifying period for vacancies

Brandon Moseley

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Monday, qualifying opened to fill vacancies created by the withdrawal of the Democratic nominees in House District 9, House District 80, and Circuit Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit, Place 6.

This special qualifying period will close at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, August 10, for each office. Qualifying forms and fees are available on the Alabama Democratic Party’s website, www.aldemocrats.org, or forms can be picked up at the State Party Headquarters, 501 Adams Ave., Montgomery, AL. For more information, interested persons may call the Party Office at (334) 262-2221.

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley said, “One candidate qualified within minutes of the opening of qualifying today, and more candidates are expected to qualify this week.”

“The Democratic Party had a record number of candidates to qualify for the June Primary, and these current vacancies, created by family illness, career advancement, etc., give even more Democrats the opportunity to represent the working men and women of Alabama,” Worley added.

While more than one candidate may qualify for the vacancies there is not time enough before the general election for there to be a special Democratic Primary.

Instead, following the Executive Board’s setting the dates for the opening and closing of qualifying, the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) will meet on Saturday, August 11, to elect the Democratic nominee to fill each vacancy.

House District 9 includes parts of Morgan, Cullman, and Marshall Counties. HD9 is currently represented by Ed Henry (R-Hartselle). Henry has been indicted in a federal Medicare fraud probe and is not running again. The Republican nominee for HD9 is businessman Scott Stadthagen.

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House District 80 covers parts of Russell and Lee Counties. HD80 is currently represented by incumbent Chris Blackshear (R) who is seeking reelection.

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Circuit Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit, Place 6, serves Montgomery County.

Nancy Worley is the first woman to serve as Chairperson of the Alabama Democratic Party. She was an educator in the Decatur, Alabama Public Schools, served as Secretary of State, and was the first two-term AEA President.

The general election will be November 6.

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