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Secretary of State Certifies Candidates for House District 49 Special Election


Friday, June 5, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Today, the Office of the Secretary of State certified the candidates for State House District 49.

The Democratic Party nominee is Cheryl Patton.

The Republican Party candidates are Russell Bedsole, James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely, Mimi Penhale, and Donna Strong.

The Primary Election for Republican candidates will be Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If necessary, a Runoff Election will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The General Election will be Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Due to certification requirements and administrative restraints, the Special General Election must be held on November 17, as opposed to being scheduled on November 3, the date of the federal, state, and local General Elections.

The deadline to register to vote for the Primary Election is Monday, July 20, 2020. Eligible Alabamians can apply online at, on the mobile app “Vote for Alabama”, or by visiting their local board of registrars office.

House District 49 consists of Bibb, Chilton, and Shelby counties.