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Mike Holmes wins District 31 seat

Published 8:53pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mike Holmes will be sworn in Thursday as the new representative for citizens in Alabama House District 31. Holmes garnered 57 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special runoff election, winning over his opponent Jimmy Collier, 2,028-1,550.

“I had a fantastic group of volunteers working on my behalf,” Holmes said. “I’ve never done anything like this before and I had no idea how hard people will work to help you.”

Now that the election is over, Holmes said he encourages all residents of the district to let him know about any concerns he can address as their legislator.

“I want to be everyone’s representative,” he said. “My door will always be open to all of the district’s constituents – as soon as I find out where my office will be.”

After an orientation, Holmes will be able to take his seat in the House.

“There are several bills I want to support that affect this area,” he said. “I hope to be able to vote on those – for example the BUI bill. Penalties for BUIs should be the same as for DUIs.”

Collier also thanked his supporters and volunteer workers.

“A lot of people spent a lot of time and effort on my campaign, and I really appreciate everything all of them did,” he said.

Probate Judge John Enslen said the overall runoff election turnout was slightly higher than for the primary special election, although some polling places like Tallassee saw dramatically fewer voters. In total 238 more people voted in the runoff.

Currently District 31 encompasses large portions of Elmore and ­Coosa counties. Holmes will serve in the current legislative session, but will have to stand for re-election in the upcoming 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 2013.

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