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Alabama: excluded candidates sues Democratic Party

The Birmingham News reports: The Alabama Democratic Party has unfairly singled out a former Jefferson County Commissioner for punishment by keeping him out of the upcoming June primary, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

The complaint accuses the party of not accepting qualifying papers from former Commissioner Steve Small.

Walter Braswell, who filed the complaint on Small's behalf, said the party doesn't want his client to run in District 2 because incumbent Shelia Smoot is vulnerable.

Joe Turnham, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, said on Thursday that Small violated the party rules by running against Smoot as an independent after Small lost in a runoff in the last election. -- Small says Democrats single him out for ban

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This could adversely affect black turnout in the November election particularly in Birmingham. This is a huge mistake for the state party

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