The results are in for Alabama’s primary for the 1st Congressional District special election. Jo Bonner (R) resigned in August to take a position as Vice Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, setting off a special election for his seat. The Republican side of this race was packed, with five top tier contenders and a few other candidates, running for the GOP nomination. With such a packed field, no candidate received at least 50% of the vote, which is required to win the primary outright. As such, a runoff will be held on November 5th. The two candidates competing for the GOP nomination are former State Sen. Bardley Byrne and real estate developer Dean Young. Real estate agent Burton Leflore has won the Democratic primary. In such a conservative district, the GOP nominee that wins the runoff is likely to become the next Congressman from Alabama’s 1st. The general election is on December 17th.
There is a time for politics and a time for governing. The time for politics is over the time for governing is upon us.