Robert Bentley sets Sept. 13 special election for Mike Hubbard’s vacated seat

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Governor Robert Bentley released Friday the timeline for a special election to replace convicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.

If a primary election is needed for Lee County’s House District 79 seat, party members will cast their votes Tuesday, Sept. 13, according to a news release from the governor’s office. If a primary runoff is needed, it will take place Nov. 29 and the special general election will be Feb. 7, 2017.

Major party candidates will have to qualify with their respective parties by July 14. Third-party and independent candidates have to file the necessary paperwork with the Alabama Secretary of State by Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

Hubbard was automatically removed from office after being convicted of 12 felony ethics violations on June 10. He will be sentenced July 8, where he faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $30,000 for each count.

House Speaker Pro Tem Victor Gaston is currently filling the Speaker’s role until a new Speaker is elected when the House is next in session.

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