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Ross, Miller head to runoff in House District 27 GOP primary

Former Alabama Secretary of Early Childhood Education Jeana Ross and Arab City Councilman Alan Miller are progressing to a runoff.

Alan Miller and Jeana Ross
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In the heart of Marshall County, the race for the Alabama House District 27 seat is heating up, with former Alabama Secretary of Early Childhood Education Jeana Ross and Arab City Councilman Alan Miller progressing to a runoff for the Republican nomination. The results from Tuesday’s primary saw Ross leading with 1,404 votes, which translates to 39.23 percent, while Miller followed with 737 votes, or 20.59 percent, as of 9:09 p.m.

Alabama state representatives represented an average of 47,905 residents in District 27; however, only a little over 3,500 cast a ballot in the race.

With the runoff scheduled for April 30 and no Democratic challengers in the fray, the victor is set to represent the district, which spans the majority of Marshall County. Ross expressed her gratitude to voters and enthusiasm about the campaign’s next steps, highlighting her commitment to spreading a conservative message across the county. On the other hand, attempts to reach Miller for comments remained unanswered as of Tuesday night.

The Alabama Republican Party confirmed the runoff candidates at last night., with Chairman John Wahl extending his congratulations. Wahl emphasized the party’s dedication to advocating for individual liberties and prioritizing legislation that benefits the populace.

This election cycle follows the departure of Sen. Wes Kitchens, who moved on to fill the vacancy left by former Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield. Kitchens’ previous electoral victories underscore the Republican stronghold in the district.

Campaign finance reports reveal a stark disparity in fundraising and expenditures between Ross and Miller. Ross, leveraging her experience in Gov. Kay Ivey’s cabinet, raised over $100,000, underscoring her formidable campaign infrastructure. Miller, with a more modest campaign budget, focused on his fiscal experience on the Arab City Council and his stance on immigration, aligning with public concerns about border security.

As the candidates prepare for the upcoming runoff, the constituents of Marshall County are poised to choose between Ross’s advocacy for early childhood education and Miller’s financial and security-focused perspectives. The outcome will determine the district’s representative, who will carry forward the Republican agenda in the Alabama Legislature.

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