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House District 74 forum in Montgomery on Thursday

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The two candidates competing in the upcoming Republican primary runoff election for the House District 74 seat will join with the Alabama Democratic Party’s nominee to participate in a campaign forum on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

The event is being sponsored by ARSEA/APEAL, a 19,000-member statewide organization that represents public retirees and active employees eligible to retire on the state, local and county government levels.

The republicans, former Montgomery School Board President Charlotte Meadows and attorney Michael Fritz, have both committed to participating. Joining them will be former Montgomery NAACP President Rayford Mack at the ARSEA/APEAL event.

The forum is scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Dalraida United Methodist Church, which is located at 3817 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery.

Roughly 1,400 state retirees live in House District 74, which includes much of East Central Montgomery. HD74 has among the highest concentrations of state retirees of any legislative district in Alabama.

The legislative seat became vacant when State Rep. Dimitri Polizos passed away from a sudden heart attack in March.

The special republican runoff election is scheduled for Aug. 27 with the general election following on Nov. 12. Aug. 27 is the same day as the Montgomery Mayoral election, so most Republicans will need to vote on two ballots, a republican primary runoff ballot and a nonpartisan city election ballot. Incumbent Mayor Todd Strange is not seeking re-election.

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ARSEA/APEAL was formerly known as the Alabama Retired State Employees’ Association, which was founded in 1980, and the Alabama Public Employees’ Advocacy League, which was created in 1996. The two groups combined and rebranded as ARSEA/APEAL.

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

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