Three Republicans vie for Alabama State Senate seat in special election

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January 15, 2013


By Geoff Pallay

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: Former state senator Ben Brooks (R) was elected as a circuit judge in Mobile County on November 6, 2012. A special election is required to fill the vacancy.

A special primary is scheduled for January 29, 2013. Candidates had until December 13, 2012 to file. Since no Democrats filed, the primary became the general election. A runoff, if necessary, took place March 12.[1][2]

Three candidates have filed for the seat:

Republican Party Jim Barton (Current State Representative)
Republican Party Bill Hightower
Republican Party Nick Matranga

Candidate Matranga criticized the influence of special interests in the race. As of January 14, the candidates have the following funds in their campaign accounts:[3]

  • Barton: $218,000
  • Hightower: $30,000
  • Matranga: $2,800

If Barton wins the seat, a special election will be called for his seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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