In a closely contested primary for House District 16, candidates Brad Cox and Bryan Brinyark both garnered just above 32 percent of the vote. With Cox surpassing Brinyark by a mere 15 votes, neither secured a majority. As a result, the two top contenders will now go head-to-head in a runoff election today.
The seat, situated north of Tuscaloosa and west of Birmingham, spans regions of Fayette County, Jefferson County, and Tuscaloosa County. Formerly held by ex-Republican Rep. Kyle South, it opened up when South resigned this June to helm the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.
Brad Cox, an Auburn University alumnus, boasts a varied background. Starting his career as a high school teacher, he transitioned into banking and currently holds a position with Alabama One Credit Union as a Business Development Officer. He’s no stranger to public service, having served as District 1 Commissioner for the Fayette County Commission. Remarking on his run, Cox said, “It’s an honor to serve Fayette County. I eagerly anticipate representing Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, and Fayette Counties in the Alabama Legislature.” His campaign revolves around his expertise in areas like public school funding, infrastructure, and support for farmers and small businesses.
On the other hand, Bryan Brinyark, an attorney by profession, has a strong connection to Tuscaloosa County, being a native. After graduating from Central High School, he acquired both his bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from the University of Alabama. Brinyark has worn many hats, including that of a municipal judge for several cities. His campaign underscores his dedication to the district, vast legal experience, and staunch commitment to conservative family values, advocating for limited government, fiscal prudence, and individual freedoms. The Business Council of Alabama has thrown its weight behind Brinyark.
Both candidates come with a history of service, making today’s runoff an intriguing and decisive event for the constituents of House District 16.