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Alabama: showdown looming on election or appointment to fill Langford vacancy

The Birmingham News reports: The Jefferson County Election Commission plans to hold a special election to replace Larry Langford on the Jefferson County Commission, setting up a potential confrontation with Gov. Bob Riley, who claims he has authority to make the appointment.

Jefferson County voters in District 1 have a right to vote on Langford's replacement when he becomes mayor of Birmingham, Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King said Wednesday. ...

King said a Jefferson County statute calls for an election to replace an open commission seat. In addition, he said, 2004 state legislation that gives the governor power to appoint specifically excludes counties with their own rules for special elections, such as Jefferson County. ...

Hutchison said Riley, a Republican, gets his authority from 2004 legislation, and the Jefferson County law is void because it was passed before the 2004 law took effect.

Hutchison said new legislation exempting the county from the governor's appointment authority would have to be created to give Jefferson County that right. -- Langford seat election in works- al.com

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