Governor Schedules Special Election for Mike Hubbard’s Seat

Center to testify in Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard trial on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. Todd J.Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced this morning that the dates for the special election in House District 79 (Opelika), the seat vacated by former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.

Mike Hubbard and Susan Hubbard walk to the Lee County Justice Center for closing arguments in the Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard Trial on Friday, June 10, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool)
Mike Hubbard and Susan Hubbard walk to the Lee County Justice Center for closing arguments in the Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard Trial on Friday, June 10, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool)

The special general election will be held on November 29 and a primary election will be held on September 13. Candidates with both major parties must be registered before June 14.

“The timeline that Governor Bentley announced will allow time for candidates to qualify and ensures that House District 79 has representation leading up to the 2017 Legislative Session,” said Secretary of State John Merrill.

The seat in District 79 became open after a jury found Mike Hubbard guilty on 12 felony ethics charges. The jury found him guilty on one count of legislator conflict of interest, eight counts of lobbying for personal gain, one count of use of position for personal gain, and two counts of legislator illegal fees.

Hubbard faces up to 20 years in prison for each ethics count. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8.

Hubbard and his defense attorneys announced after the verdict that they would appeal the decision, but no motions have been filed at this time.

Since Hubbard’s exit, Representative Victor Gaston (R – Mobile) will serve as Acting Speaker of the House until a special election is called, in accordance with House Rule 60.

Governor’s Proclamation for Special Election

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