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