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Alabama: State supreme court stops special election for Mobile county commissioner

The Mobile Register reports: The Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a special election to fill a vacant Mobile County Commission seat, paving the way for Gov. Bob Riley to appoint the successor to Sam Jones.

The 9-0 ruling, which reverses an earlier decision by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Gene Reese, a Democrat, will allow the Republican governor to fill the District 1 seat left empty when Jones became mayor of Mobile last month.

District 1 is the county's only majority-black commission district and typically elects a Democrat. -- State high court blocks Mobile County election

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