Date Set for Special Election
The dates are as follows:
Qualifying Deadline : Dec 9, 2005
Primary: Jan 24, 2006
Runoff(if necessary)/General: Feb 28, 2006
General(if runoff was necessary): April 4, 2006
Two county commissioners have already come forward to express interest in the race. Elmore County Commissioner Don Whorton looks likely to run as a Republican while Coosa County Commissioner Unzell Lee is contemplating a run as a Democrat. Check out the AlabamaElections Directory to keep current on the candidates.
It is too early to predict the outcome of the race with much certainty, but judging from the geographical and political demographics of the district (as I discussed last week) Republicans should have reasons for optimism. Since the district has a Republican lean and Elmore County makes up around 3/4 of the electorate, an Elmore Republican versus a Coosa Dem would almost ensure a GOP pickup.