Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the sudden death of Meridianville-Republican, former state Rep. Jim Patterson earlier this month.
Ivey set the special election Alabama House District 21 for Tuesday, January 9, 2018. If necessary, a runoff will take place Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and the general election Tuesday, June 12, 2018. If there is no need based on number of qualifying candidates for a primary, the general election will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018. If a runoff is not necessary, the general election will be Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
Patterson, who died from a heart attack on Oct. 2, had represented the district since 2010.
“I promised the people of Madison County that I would do all I could to help them move forward after the loss of Jim, who was not only a true public servant, but also a loving husband and father,” Ivey said. “Choosing our elected officials is a central component of our government on every plain whether that be on the national, state or local level, and I encourage all those that live in House District 21 to participate in this special election.”
The deadline for qualifying with major political parties is Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. The deadline for all independent candidates and/or minor parties is Tuesday, January 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. House District 21 represents a portion of Madison County.