Republican state Representative David Standridge of Hayden has been elected chairman of the Rural Caucus in the Alabama House of Representatives. Standridge says the bipartisan group works to protect rural communities and make sure that necessary services are available, including roads, medical care and high-speed Internet. Democratic Representative Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay is the group's vice chairman.
Voters in most of Blount County and part of northern Jefferson County will go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state representative.
Former Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge of Hayden faces Blount County Board of Education vice president Chris Latta in a Republican runoff in House District 34. The winner has no Democratic opposition.
The new representative will fill the vacancy created when Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta resigned to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.