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Ivey sets HD-49 election dates to replace former State Rep. April Weaver

Governor Kay Ivey announced Monday the special election dates for the contest to replace former State Rep. April Weaver (R-Brierfield), who resigned from her job representing Alabama House District 49 to join the Trump administration.

The deadline to qualify with the two major political parties is Tuesday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m.

The special primary election will be Tuesday, August 4. If that contest does not yield nominees with more than 50% of their party’s vote, a runoff will be held Tuesday, September 1.

The general election date for the special will be November 17.

“We are living in uncertain times, and it is critical that every Alabama citizen has their voice represented in the Alabama Legislature. For this reason, we are moving forward in calling a special election to fill the seat in House District 49,” Ivey stated in remarks accompanying the announcement of the dates.

House District 49 encompasses part of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties.

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Details on Weaver’s position with the Trump administration are not yet available.

HD-49 is a heavily Republican district. The Democratic Party has not contested the seat in the last two cycles.

An independent candidate who wishes to qualify for the general election ballot must file their paperwork with the secretary of state by Tuesday, August 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Ivey added, “I encourage the good men and women in Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties to participate in the election, and we will continue to ensure all necessary health and safety protocols are practiced at the polls.”

“We also congratulate Rep. Weaver on this next step and are proud to see her continue her role in service to President Trump. I know she will continue representing Alabama well,” concluded the governor.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@new-yhn.local or on Twitter @HenryThornton95