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Meadows and Fritz advance to Republican runoff in HD74

Brandon Moseley

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Charlotte Meadows and Michael Fritz finished first and second in the crowded Republican primary race for Alabama House of Representatives District 74 seat in Montgomery County. Meadows and Fritz will be moving on to the special Republican primary runoff.

Charlotte Meadows received 1218 votes at press time. Her 44 percent of the vote was not enough to win the primary race outright so she will be in a runoff on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

“We want to make sure all of our supporters stay with us and we will be reaching out to the supporters of the other candidates that didn’t make it to the runoff and I hope I can win their support,” Meadows told WSFA. “I’ve got the most experience particularly with issues that affect the state House. I will work to improve education, reduce crime, and improve our economic development and I certainly, I do what I say I’ll do. So I feel like I can win the support of the voters that did not go my way today but I certainly want to thank the ones that did.”

Her Republican runoff opponent will be Michael Fritz who finished with 618 votes, 22.3 percent of the vote.

“I wanted to thank my supporters and the people of Montgomery for allowing me to continue my campaign for State Representative,” Fritz said in a statement. “I would like to thank my wonderful wife for supporting me in this endeavor, and my friends for knocking doors and making calls. I will continue to push a positive message for bettering Montgomery and Alabama.”

Jesse Heifner came in third with 321 votes, 11.6 percent of the vote. He was followed by Daniel Sparkman with 307 votes, 11 percent, Tobias Grant with 192 votes, 6.9 percent, and Jay King with 115 votes, 4 percent of the vote.

Democrat Wayford Mack awaits the winner of the Republican runoff. The special general election will be on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

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House District 74 became vacant when State Representative Dimitri Polizos (R-Montgomery) died following a massive heart attack.

(Original reporting by WSFA TV contributed to this report.)

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