Gov. Bentley Sets Special Election For Ala. House Seat
Gov. Robert Bentley has set a special election schedule to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta before the Legislature's next regular session. Bentley selected Thomas last week to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission effective Sept. 1. Thomas is resigning from the Alabama House on Aug. 31. Bentley announced Tuesday that major party candidates for the District 34 seat have until Sept. 7 to qualify with their parties. Primary elections will be Oct. 23 and a runoff, if necessary, on Dec. 11. Then the general election will be Jan. 29. If no runoffs are necessary, the general election will be Dec. 11. The district covers much of Blount County and part of northern Jefferson County. The Legislature's next regular session begins in February. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.