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3 Republicans qualify for state Senate District 9

Two state representatives and a former county commissioner have qualified for the Jan. 9 special election in north Alabama’s state Senate District 9, according to the Alabama Republican Party.

State Reps. Brock Colvin, R-Albertville, Wes Kitchens, R-Arab, and Stacy Lee George, a former two-term Morgan County Commissioner, will vie for the seat held until last week by Clay Scofield, a Republican from Guntersville. All three men are Marshall County natives.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, no Democrat had qualified for the special election, according to that party.
The special primary election is Jan. 9 and a runoff, if needed, is Feb. 6. The special general election is April 23.

The qualifying deadline for independent or minor party candidates is Jan. 9.
The district includes all of Marshall County, northern Blount County and southeast Madison County.

A financial planner, Colvin is in his first term as a House member.

Kitchens is an insurance agent and in his second term.

Colvin had about $47,800 in his campaign account as of last week, according to a report filed with the Alabama Secretary of State. Kitchens had $115,000.

George is a retired Alabama Department of Corrections employee and previously ran for governor against Govs. Robert Bentley and Kay Ivey.

Scofield announced last week he was leaving the Senate after more than three terms to become a vice president at the Business Council of Alabama.

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