Both Democratic and Republican voters in the Alabama House of Representatives District 1, which encompasses Southwest Alabama, will be heading back to the polls on March 31st for runoffs in both races.
In the Republican field, former Republican State Senator Bill Hightower will face off against current Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl for the right to take on one of two remaining Democrats in their race. The Democrats who are headed to a runoff in this race are James Averhart, a veteran and CEO of a non-profit from Monroe County, and Kiani Gardner, a biology professor and foster mom.
With only 1,200 votes separating the two, Jerry Carl and Bill Hightower will have to fight to win over the voters who voted for State Representative Chris Pringle in the election last night. Representative Pringle secured 20% of the vote, which was not enough to make the runoff, but enough to sway the outcome of the runoff at the end of the month. Last night when he spoke to the media after giving his concession speech, Representative Pringle said that he would be sitting down with both Senator Hightower and Commissioner Carl on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of an endorsement coming from him in the runoff and the upcoming election.
On the Democratic side, Kiani Gardner secured 44% of the vote while Mr. Everhart secured 40%. Rick Collins, who was also in the race, came in a distant third at 16%. An endorsement from Collins for either one of the remaining candidates could almost seal the deal for either one of them in the runoff.
The winners of these races will face off against each other and the November General Election