Republican Bryan Brinyark will serve as the next representative of House District 16 after winning the special election race on Tuesday.
Brinyark defeated Fayette County Commissioner John Underwood, the Democratic nominee. Unofficial election night results recorded Brinyark receiving 83.36 percent of votes and Underwood receiving 16.50 percent of votes. Voter turnout was at 8.56 percent of 33,196 total registered voters.
Brinyark, a practicing attorney from Northport, will now take over the seat vacated by former District 16 representative Kyle South. South resigned last summer to become president and CEO for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
The district encompasses areas of three counties including Fayette County, Jefferson County and Tuscaloosa County.
According to the Alabama Reflector, Brinyark will likely be looking to work on updating infrastructure in his district as he has heard concerns from constituents.
“One thing that everyone here is wanting me to work on is getting Highway 43 four-laned, so I’m going to continue that fight,”Brinyark told the Alabama Reflector.
Brinyark was endorsed by the BCA and Farmers Federation during his campaign. On Facebook following the win, Brinyark posted saying, “Thank you House District 16! I’m ready to get to work.”