By Blenda Copeland
The state of Alabama holds its Primary Election Runoffs July 17.
Russell and Lee counties will hold runoff elections that day for five political races of importance in The Citizen’s immediate coverage area.
In line with that, Russell County has changed one voter precinct location. The Central Activity Center is currently closed to the public and is expected to remain so for most of the summer for a massive and expensive air conditioning upgrade.
Thus, that precinct location has been changed to the “C”-Club, 1500 15th St., Phenix City (across the street from the Phenix City-Russell County Public Library.) Signs will be posted to direct voters to the proper location on July 17. For more information, call Russell County Probate Judge Alford Harden’s office at (334) 298-7979.
Appearing on certain Russell County and Lee County ballots July 17 will be the runoff between Democrats Jeremy “Mr. EYG” Gray versus Pat “Patsy” Jones, who are competing against each other to be District 83’s next State Representative. The seat was formerly held by the late George Bandy.
The other four runoffs of local importance will appear on certain Lee County ballots:
1) Republicans Randy Price versus Mike Sparks, both vying to be District 13’s next State Senator (the seat of outgoing State Sen. Gerald Dial)
2) Democrats “Bishop” Arthur L. Dowdell Sr. and Richard LaGrand Sr., who are competing for the Lee County Commission District 5 seat
3) Republicans Debbie Hamby Wood versus Todd Rauch, facing each other for the State Representative District 38 (the seat held by Isaac Horton)
4) Democrats Johnny Ford versus incumbent Pebblin Walker Warren, vying for the State Rep. District 82 seat that Ford held before Warren did.
AND PHENIX CITY VOTERS, DON’T FORGET: On Aug. 28, there will be yet another “election” on the ballot: the referendum question asking Phenix City voters if they prefer to elect their Phenix City school board members – or keep things the same and continue to allow the Phenix City Council to appoint the school board’s members.