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Three from GOP, none from Dems for SD 35 special election

AL.com reports: Three Republican candidates qualified Wednesday to run for the state Senate District 35 seat vacated Dec. 4 by Ben Brooks of Mobile.

The Alabama GOP said Jim Barton, Bill Hightower and Nick Matranga filed paperwork by Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline. The candidates will seek the party's nomination in the Jan. 29 primary election.
No candidates qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party Wednesday. But a party spokesman said that Democrats expect to draft a candidate before today's 5 p.m. deadline to certify with the Alabama Secretary of State's office.

"We had a pretty big fish on the line until about 3 p.m.," said Bradley Davidson, executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party. "We will certify someone (Thursday)."

Gov. Robert Bentley set the special election to fill the seat held by Brooks, who resigned effective Dec. 4 following his election as a Mobile County circuit judge. Brooks, a Republican who held the Senate seat since 2006, will be sworn in Jan. 11. -- Read the whole story --> Three Republicans qualify for state Senate District 35 special election | al.com

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