Republicans win 2 AL House special elections

Republicans win 2 AL House special elections

February 5th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Two new Republicans are joining the Alabama House to replace two Republicans who resigned.

One other vacant House seat will be filled in a special election next month.

In one of three special elections Tuesday, Republican Margie Wilcox easily won the Alabama House District 104 general election in Mobile County.

Unofficial election returns show Wilcox defeated Democrat Stephen Carr with 2,931 votes, or 91 percent, to 307 votes, or 9 percent. The district in western Mobile County leans heavily Republican.

Wilcox is the owner of Yellow Cab of Mobile. She will take her seat in the Alabama Legislature later this week.

The seat became vacant when Jim Barton resigned in August to join a Montgomery lobbying firm.

In another special election, the former chairman of the Elmore County Republican Executive Committee, Mike Holmes, won the Republican runoff in Alabama House District 31.

Holmes pulled 2,028 votes, or 57 percent, in the special election Tuesday against Wetumpka car dealer Jimmy Collier, who got 1,550 votes, or 43 percent. The winner faced no Democratic opposition in the heavily Republican district, which covers parts of Elmore and Coosa counties in central Alabama.

Holmes will replace Republican Barry Mask of Wetumpka, who resigned from the House in September after being named chief executive of the Alabama Association of Realtors.

In House District 53 in Birmingham, Anthony "Alann" Johnson led the Democratic runoff, but his opponent, Arthur Shores Lee, was not conceding.

Al.com (http://bit.ly/1e26Rw0) reported that with all but one precinct reporting, Johnson had 297 votes, or 56 percent of the vote, to Lee's 236 votes, or 44 percent.

Lee told Al.com that he is not ready to concede because he wants to wait until absentee ballots are counted.

Johnson is a nonprofit director. Lee is an attorney and the grandson of prominent civil rights attorney Arthur Shores.

The winner will face Republican Willie "W.A." Casey in the March 25 general election.

The seat became vacant when Rep. Demetrius Newton died in September.

The three special elections were originally scheduled Jan. 28, but Gov. Robert Bentley delayed them one week due to the ice storm.