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Hearing set to determine who is the real Alabama Democratic Party Chair

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Tuesday, Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin scheduled a hearing for January 30 in the lawsuit over just who is the real chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.

In 2018 Nancy Worley was re-elected as Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.

That election was invalidated by the Democratic National Committee.

In November a faction of the State Democratic Executive Committee, supported by the DNC, met in Montgomery and elected State Representative Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) as the new Chair,

Worley and her faction boycotted that meeting and maintain that that meeting of the SDEC, which was not called by the chair, was invalid under Alabama Democratic Party bylaws and thus the SDEC vote to remove Worley and elect England was invalid. Worley sued to block England’s election and maintains that she is still the leader of the Alabama Democratic Party.

The DNC has accepted England’s claim as legitimate.

The hearing on Jan. 30 could signal that an eventual resolution in the ongoing feud between rival Alabama Democrats.

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Joe Reed, the Alabama Democratic Party Vice Chair for Minority Affairs and many of the elected ADP state officers, support Worley’s claim.

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, the only Democrat to win any statewide race since 2008, is backing England.
England will be the featured speaker of the Alabama Democrat Club this Friday, Jan 10, 11:55 AM at the Harbert Center. Tickets cost $25. RSVP email [email protected].

The feud between Alabama Democrats dominated the headlines from the summer of 2018, through all of 2019, and is now in the courts in 2020.

(Original reporting by WHNT Channel 19 TV contributed to this report.)

 

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

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