City leader wins House seat of member who quit to join Donald Trump

voting booths (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

A Republican city leader from Shelby County has won the seat of an Alabama House member who quit to join the Trump administration.

Alabaster City Council member Russell Bedsole won a special election for the House District 49 seat on Tuesday. Results from the secretary of state’s office show Bedsole defeated Democratic nominee Cheryl Patton and will represent an area that includes parts of Bibb, Chilton, and Shelby counties.

Roughly 2,500 votes were cast, and Bedsole won 63% of the total.

The position was previously held by Republican April Weaver. She quit earlier this year to join the administration as a regional director with Health and Human Services.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.