In special election to replace Micky Hammon, single digit turnout expected

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A special election is being held in Morgan and Limestone counties Tuesday to replace former Rep. Micky Hammon for the Alabama House District 4 seat.

Election officials say they expect voter turnout to be in the single digits.

“I think people are just set on June 5 and I think they’ve just forgotten about this one,” chief clerk in the Morgan County Probate Office, Kate Terry told Decatur Daily.

Hammon was removed from office last year after pleading guilty to using campaign funds for personal expenses in September. He was then ordered to forfeit nearly $51,000 for reimbursement to those who had donated to his campaign.

Hammon was then sentenced to three months in prison, and three years supervised released for felony mail fraud in February of this year.

Three candidates, Democrat Juanita Allen Healy, Republican Parker Duncan Moore and independent Polan “Pete” Willis Jr. are seeking to replace hammon.

The winner of the special election must immediately begin campaigning again for the November election, to win a full four-year term.

Moore will face Tom Fredricks in the June 5 primary, although he defeated Fredricks in the special February Republican runoff.

Healy is chairwoman of the “One Decatur” comprehensive plan project, and has been a Decatur resident for 13 years.

Lifelong Decatur resident, Moore is also a member of the Development Council with Huntsville Hospital, and is currently the North Alabama Marketing Representative for Encore Rehabilitation.

Independant Willis is sending in a petition to get on the ballot. A business owner, Willis has operated an Aerospace Manufacturing firm in Priceville since 1982.

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