Runoff for State School Board on Tuesday

On Tuesday, voters in Mobile, Baldwin and five other Alabama counties will head to the polls for a runoff.

Incumbent Matthew Brown faces Jackie Ziegler, the wife of state Auditor Jim Ziegler, in a runoff to represent south Alabama’s District 1 on the Alabama state school board. Brown was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to fill a vacant post in July. Ziegler is a former school principal. The winner faces Democrat Ron Davis in November.

The run-off will cost close the $130,000 and few voters are expected to show up to polls.

Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell said he hopes 20-percent of registered voters will cast a ballot, but he expects even fewer.

“Citizens are telling me they are probably not going to turn out and I’m telling them they need to turn out because that is what democracy is all about,” said Russell.

Along with Mobile and Baldwin counties, voters in Butler, Covington, Conecuh, Crenshaw and Escambia counties will also head to the polls.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.


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