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Special general election today in House District 49

Voters are deciding between Republican Russell Bedsole or Democrat Cheryl Patton.


Polls opened Tuesday in State House District 49 with voters going to the polls to decide whether they want Republican Russell Bedsole or Democrat Cheryl Patton to represent them in the Alabama House of Representatives through 2022.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Bedsole lives in Alabaster where he serves on the city council. He is a captain in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

“As a law enforcement officer for 22 years I know what service means,” Bedsole said. “I promise to serve District 49 with integrity, sacrificially, and morally. I’m asking for your vote on November 17th.”

Patton is the former owner-operator at Eclipse Coffee and Books. She lives in Montevallo and has a master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University and studied psychology and women’s studies at Vanderbilt University.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Rep. April Weaver announced her resignation to accept a presidential appointment as a regional director in the Department of Health and Human Services.

You have to be a registered voter in the district and vote at your assigned polling place to participate in Tuesday’s special election. Remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to the polls. This seat has been a Republican seat so is an opportunity for a Democratic pickup.

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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,794 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.



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