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Mike Holmes and Jimmy Collier will go head to head in a Jan. 24 runoff.
Mike Holmes and Jimmy Collier will go head to head in a Jan. 24 runoff.

Holmes, Collier to battle in District 31 runoff

Published 8:47am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mike Holmes and Jimmy Collier were the top vote-getters Tuesday in the special primary election to fill the vacant District 31 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The two will face off in a primary runoff election Jan. 28.

Holmes received 1,374 votes (41.1 percent) and Collier garnered 979 votes (29.3 percent). Frank Bertarelli finished with 638 votes (19.1 percent) and Mike Griggs tallied 349 votes (10.5 percent).

“I’m not surprised there will be a runoff with four candidates,” said Holmes. “I feel like the momentum really turned our way in the last two weeks, but we just didn’t have time to get the last few votes we needed to win it outright. Now it’s time to go back to work.”

Collier said he, too, will be back on the campaign trail immediately.

“I’ve got to get out and try to see as many people as possible, shake some more hands,” he said. “We have to do just a little better for the runoff, but I won’t be out campaigning the week of Christmas – that’s family time and it comes first.”

Following the primary runoff election, the special general election will be held March 25.

Probate Judge John Enslen said the turnout for the special primary was disappointing with a low of 8 percent in one voting precinct and a high of 14 percent in another. About 11 percent of registered voters in the district went to the polls.

Currently District 31 encompasses large portions of Elmore and ­Coosa counties. The successful candidate will serve in the upcoming legislative session, but will have to stand for re-election in next year’s election cycle. Because of reapportionment the district’s boundaries will change at that time. The new district will include most of Elmore County and a small part of Autauga County.

The regularly scheduled election cycle will begin with a June 3 primary, followed by a July 15 primary runoff. Next year’s general election will be Nov. 4.

The District 31 seat was left vacant following the resignation of Barry Mask in September.

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