Alabama: Governor wants to delay Mobile County Commission special election
The Mobile Register reports: Gov. Bob Riley wants to delay a special election in Mobile County while he appeals a trial judge's ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court, according to a motion filed Monday.
Last week, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Reese ordered the election to fill a vacancy on the Mobile County Commission. The governor, a Republican, believes that he has the right to appoint someone to the post.
The District 1 seat opened up Monday, when longtime Commissioner Sam Jones, a Democrat, was sworn in as mayor of Mobile.
That started the clock ticking for Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to schedule a District 1 vote within 60-90 days. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit want election preparations to proceed, said attorney Cecil Gardner. -- Riley wants to delay special election