Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday set special election dates for the Alabama House District 78 seat, which had been held by Kirk Hatcher, who was elected to the state Senate.
Ivey’s proclamation set the special primary election for Tuesday, May 25, the special primary runoff, if necessary, for Tuesday, June 22 and the special general election for Tuesday, Sept. 7.
“I congratulate Kirk Hatcher for his successful bid to serve as the next Senator for District 26,” Ivey said in a statement. “It is critical for the people of House District 78 to have representation, and I encourage strong candidates to step forward and serve their community.”
Qualifying deadlines with major political parties will be Tuesday, March 23 at 5 p.m. The deadline for all independent candidates and minor parties is Tuesday, May 25 at 5 p.m.
Hatcher, a Democrat, defeated former Montgomery City Councilman William Green to serve the remaining term of Sen. David Burkette, D-Montgomery, who resigned after pleading guilty to campaign finance fraud.