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Nicknames on the ballot?

A federal judge Wednesday ordered the 11 counties of the Alabama School Board's Third District to delay printing ballots for the June 1 Republican Primary after a challenge by a Shelby County professor seeking to have his nickname on the ballot.

U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor's decision came a day before a three-judge panel will hear the case of Chris "The Teacher" House, who sued the Alabama Republican Party, State Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors and Secretary of State Nancy Worley.

Proctor's order names Cherokee, Calhoun, Cleburne, Talladega, St. Clair, Shelby, Coosa, Chilton, Elmore, Autauga and Montgomery counties. Arguments in the case are to be heard today by the panel of the 11th Circuit, comprised of Judges Proctor, U.W. Clemon and Susan H. Black. -- Judges to decide if candidate's nickname should be on ballot (Birmingham News)

Nicknames used to be so common on the ballot in Alabama that a friend considering a run for the county school board in 1970 thought it was a political necessity. He considered calling himself C.L. "Buck" Smith, instead of C. Lynwood Smith. He decided not to run, but his real name, sans nickname, apparently did not keep him from being elected to the Circuit Court and appointed to the U.S. District Court.