Chris Blackshear sworn in to represent Alabama’s House District 80

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill certified Chris Blackshear as the newly elected state Representative for House District 80 Friday, according to a news release.

House District 80 represents Russell and Lee counties.

Blackshear ran for the seat vacated by the death of Lesley Vance unopposed in a three-way Republican primary earlier this month. As he faces no Democratic challenger, the Special General Election that was scheduled for April 12 will no longer be held, according to Article IV, Section 46 of the Alabama Constitution.

“As the Chief Election Official, it is my duty to ensure the state of Alabama provides elections with integrity,” Merrill said. “I would like to congratulate Chris Blackshear and wish him well on his service as a Representative in the Alabama Legislature. I have no doubt that he will serve with dignity and respect.”

Blackshear is a Republican and member of the Phenix City Council and an employee of TSYS, a merchant solutions firm.

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