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Brinyark wins House District 16 special election runoff

Brinyark will now prepare to face off against the Democratic nominee for District 16, John Underwood.

House District 16 candidate Bryan Brinyark

Bryan Brinyark will be the Republican nominee for the House District 16 seat after defeating Brad Cox in a special election runoff on Tuesday. 

The race was very close according to unofficial results. Brinyark received 1,706 votes totaling 52.75 percent and Cox received 1,528 votes totaling 47.25 percent. District 16 encompasses parts of Fayette County, Jefferson County and Tuscaloosa County and it was the voters from Tuscaloosa that helped propel Brinyark to his narrow victory.

Brinyark will now prepare to face off against the Democratic nominee for District 16, John Underwood, during the special general election. That election will be held on January 9, 2024. 

The District 16 seat was formerly held by Republican Kyle South from 2015 until June. South resigned in June to serve as the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

Brinyark is an attorney and has held multiple positions as a municipal judge. Brinyark posted on  Facebook after the victory thanking House District 16. 

After Brinyark won the Alabama Republican Party released a statement congratulating him and will support him in the upcoming general election.

“Being a public servant is a true commitment and calling, one which requires great selflessness and sacrifice,” ALGOP Chairman John Wahl stated. “I would like to thank all of our candidates for giving their time and talents to this campaign. I truly appreciate their desire to represent the people of House District 16 in the Alabama Legislature. On behalf of the Alabama Republican Party, I would like to offer my congratulations to Bryan Brinyark and look forward to working with him in the future as we mount a vigorous general election campaign.”

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Brinyark has received an endorsement from the Business Council of Alabama. His campaign will comtinue to center on his devotion to the district, his experience with the law as an attorney and his conservative family values. 

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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Candidates Brad Cox and Bryan Brinyark both garnered just above 32 percent of the vote in the primary.


The special general election will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.


Cox currently works for Alabama One Credit Union while also serving on the Fayette County Commission.


The seat they are competing for was previously held by former Republican Rep. Kyle South.