When the Alabama Legislature passed its redistricting structure, it took a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives and moved it from Montgomery to south Shelby County. The current office holder, Joe Hubbard (D- Montgomery) is now in the district occupied by John Knight (D- Montgomery). Hubbard has not revealed what plans, if any, that he has for future political office.
Recently, Matt Fridy announced that he is running for the new seat. Fridy, fomer two-term chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, serves on the Alabama Republican State Executive Committee. Fridy is best known for his failure to become Chairman of the State Republican Party losing to Bill Armistead.
Congressman Jo Bonner (R- Mobile) is expected to retire as of August 15, 2013 and the Governor will then set out the parameters for the special election to replace him.
Generally, qualifying will require a 30 day period, which would put close of qualifying on or around September 15th. The Primary Election can be no sooner than 45 days after close of qualifying so that puts it around November 1st. If there is a runoff (highly likely), it will be held no sooner than 45 days later, putting it in mid-December. The General Election would then be around the first part of February, 2014.
This makes for a difficult decision for those that plan to run for an office in the 2014 elections. Qualifying for 2014 elections will close sometime in March 2014 and the Primaries are set for June 2014. Therefore, someone seeking this seat, if they were to lose, will have to turn quickly and evaluate whether they want to seek another office in the 2014 elections. Ironically, the winner will only be able to serve from February through the end of the year and will have to qualify to run again for the seat in March, just one month after having been elected.
Prospecitve candidates emerging are Quin Hilyer, a conservative journalist, former Alabama Senate member Bradley Byrne, Alabama House member Randy Davis (R- Daphne), Dean Young, an activist developer from Orange Beach and Alabama House member Chad Fincher (R- Semmes).
Senator Trip Pittman (R- Daphne) has not announced that he is interested in the seat, but he is reportedly weighing his options.
Alabama House of Representatives member Jim McClendon (R- Springville), pictured at left, announced today that he plans to seek the Senate District 11 seat currently held by Senator Jerry Fielding (R- Talladega), pictured at right, in the 2014 election cycle. http://madvertiserblogs.com/southunionstreet/2013/06/04/jim-mcclendon-announces-senate-candidacy-creating-gop-battle-with-jerry-fielding/
Fielding, a former Talladega County circuit and district judge, switched to the Republican Party last October.
Alabama Representative Jay Love (R- Montgomery) was recently the victim of hardball politics when a negative mailer was sent to voters in his district. The mailer accused him of participating in the Alabama Accountibility Act so that he would receive the tax credit available for children zoned for failing schools. The mail piece indicates that he would receive $10,000 directly from the Education Trust Fund which he controls. The mailer was produced by the Foundation for Education Accountability with an address in Carrollton, Georgia. This group has previously produced negative mailers for Speaker Mike Hubbard (R- Auburn) and Senator Del Marsh (R- Anniston). I know this will come as a surprise to some, but speculation on Goat Hill is that the Alabama Education Association is behind this effort.