Special election set for House District 49

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Election dates have been announced for a special election to select a new representative for Alabama House District 49, which includes Jemison.

The House seat became vacant when Rep. April Weaver resigned in order to accept a position within President Donald Trump’s administration.

On May 18, Gov. Kay Ivey announced “the special primary election for Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020; the special primary runoff, if necessary, for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020; and the special general election Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.”

District 49 also includes portions of Bibb and Shelby counties.

“We are living in uncertain times, and it is critical that every Alabama citizen has their voice represented in the Alabama Legislature. For this reason, we are moving forward in calling a special election to fill the seat in House District 49,” Ivey said. “I encourage the good men and women in Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties to participate in the election, and we will continue to ensure all necessary health and safety protocols are practiced at the polls. We also congratulate Rep. Weaver on this next step and are proud to see her continue her role in service to President Trump. I know she will continue representing Alabama well.”

Deadlines to qualify for the special election have also been announced as June 2 at 5 p.m. for major political parties and Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. for independent or minor party.

Only those in District 49 will be permitted to vote in this election.