Robert Bentley calls special election for House District 41

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Gov. Robert Bentley has laid out a timeline for filling the Alabama House of Representatives District 41 seat — a vacancy left when former state Rep. Mike Hill was named superintendent of the State Banking Department in early July.

The Columbiana Republican had held the seat, which covers Shelby County from south of 280 and east of Interstate 65, since 1986.

According to the special election timeline finalized by Bentley Wednesday, a special primary election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Should the major parties only have one candidate a piece, a special primary election will not be necessary. Said primary will go to a runoff on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 should either candidate of either major party not receive a majority of the votes cast on Oct. 18.

If a runoff is not necessary, a special general election will be held Jan. 10. If a runoff is necessary, the general election will be moved to Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Republican and Democrat candidates have until Monday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. to qualify with their respective parties. The two major political parties will then certify their qualified candidates to the secretary of state by noon Aug. 16.

All independent candidates and/or any minor parties seeking ballot access are advised the deadline for filing of the appropriate notification, petitions, or supporting paperwork with the secretary of state is Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at 5 p.m.

As of July 28, Republican and current Shelby County Commissioner Corley Ellis was the only candidate who has announced plans to run for the vacant seat.

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