Alabama House of Representatives District 97

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Alabama House of Representatives District 97
Current incumbentAdline C. Clarke Democratic Party
Race36.7% White, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.1% Two or More Races, 0.5% Asian, 0.7% Other, 60.7% Black, 0% Pacific Islander
Voting age76.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Alabama’s ninety-seventh state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Adline C. Clarke.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 35,406 civilians reside within Alabama's ninety-seventh house of representatives district.[1] Alabama state representatives represent an average of 45,521 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 42,353 residents.[3]

About the office

Elected officials are not subjected to term limits and Alabama House members are one of only five lower house officials in the United States that are elected every four years. Alabama's state representatives assume office on midnight of the day that they are elected.[4]


Members of the House must be 21 at the time of their election, must be citizens and residents of the State of Alabama for at least 3 years and residents of their district at least one year prior to election.[4]


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Alabama legislature are paid $10/day plus $4,308/month plus $50/day for three days during each week that the legislature actually meets during any session.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted in order to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for a special election if the vacancy happened before next scheduled general election and the House is in session.[6][7] The Governor has all discretion in setting the date of the election along with nominating deadlines.[7]



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Adline C. Clarke was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[8][9][10][11]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Adline C. Clarke (D) won election in a special election for Alabama House of Representatives District 97. The seat was vacant due to Yvonne Kennedy's (D) death on December 8, 2012. Clarke faced William Carroll, Karlos Finley, Jeffery Ray Jones, Levi Wright, Jr., Kimberly Williams Pettway and Ronnie L. Williams in the Democratic primary on February 26. As no candidate took over 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Finley and Clarke - met in a runoff on April 9, which Clarke won. Clarke defeated David Blunt (I) and Burton LeFlore (I) in the general election which took place on May 21.[12][13][14][15][16]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 97, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdline C. Clarke 89.8% 1,270
     Independent David Blunt 2.8% 40
     Independent Burton LeFlore 7.4% 104
Total Votes 1,414

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alabama State House District 97 have raised a total of $122,441. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $40,814 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alabama State House District 97
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $31,750 1 $31,750
2006 $47,991 1 $47,991
2002 $42,700 1 $42,700
Total $122,441 3 $40,814

See also

External links


  1. Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama, “Population by Race for State Legislative Districts in Alabama, 2010,” October 10, 2013
  2. United States Census Bureau, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 21, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 21, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alabama State Legislature, "The Alabama House of Representatives," accessed December 12, 2013
  5., "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Alabama State Legislature "Code of Alabama Section 17-15-1", accessed December 12, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Alabama State Legislature "Code of Alabama Section 17-15-3", accessed December 12, 2013
  8. Alabama Democrats, "Qualified candidates for public office list," accessed February 27, 2014
  9. Alabama Republican Party, "State Senate," accessed February 27, 2014
  10. Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Democratic Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
  11. Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Republican Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
  12., "Alabama state House District 97: Adline Clarke will face Karlos Finley in runoff," February 26, 2013
  13., "Gov. Bentley sets special election for House District 97 seat," December 18, 2012
  14. Alabama Secretary of State, " Certification of candidates for District 97," accessed January 17, 2013
  15., "Adline Clarke appears to have narrowly beaten Karlos Finley in House District 97 race (updated x2)," April 9, 2013
  16., "Adline Clarke wins District 97 seat," May 21, 2013 (dead link)