Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Senator Luther Strange responds to Governor Ivey's plan for a special election

Governor moves special election for US Senate seat Governor Ivey moves special election for US Senate seat to later this year
Alfredo Watts | 20 April, 2017, 07:13

The filing deadline to be part of the August primary to run for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat is May 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm, according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

The specifics of the announcement are unknown at this time, but the press conference was called just a few hours after Governor Kay Ivey said she was moving up the election for the Senate seat left vacant by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to later this year.

Ivey' statement also said "following the law trumps the expense of a special election". Citing concerns about the cost of a special election, Bentley opted to wait until the 2018 general election for voters to elect Sessions' replacement. The general election will take place on December 12, 2017. In the recent years of affairs and misused campaign funding, Ivey has a tough road ahead to rebuild the character that is the State of Alabama.

"The first question you have to ask yourself is, 'Am I the right person for the job for the state of Alabama?' I think I've got the right skill set", Marsh said.

The new date pleased Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler, a Republican who filed suit against Bentley last month seeking to force a quicker special election. This special election will be held nearly a year ahead of the previously scheduled election date.

The Republican state Senate leader says he will make a decision this week on whether he will run for the job.

Her office said the decision was made so that the election would "adhere with state law".

Although we are not thrilled with the additional costs associated with a special election, we applaud the governor for her action to follow the law.

Unusual has said he will run for re-election in the special election.

" ... I will spend the next several months being the best Senator I can be, upholding Alabama values and working with President Donald Trump to drain the swamp and help make America great again", he said in a statement. "He has wasted millions of our dollars pursuing lawsuits that were unwinnable to further his own political future".

"This demonstrates the departure from backroom politics that we have seen for far too long in Montgomery", the statement read.