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Price wins big in State Senate runoff

OPELIKA, Ala. — Two years of hard campaigning throughout Senate District 13 paid off in a big way for Randy Price in 2018. In the June 5th Republican primary, he placed first by a wide margin over three candidates, but fell short of a majority. He was forced into a runoff with Mike Sparks, the retiring head of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

On Tuesday, Price rolled up close to 60 percent of the vote in the District to win 5,965-4,012. Price also overwhelmingly took Chambers County, winning the county by an unofficial vote total of 1,729 to 537. Results were unofficial at the press deadline.

Price has been a small business owner for more than three decades, owning a custom home building business and commercial trucking company.

He is a member of Congressman Mike Rogers’ Agricultural Advisory Committee and a past president of the Lee County Cattlemen’s Association. He’s also a former chairman of the Lee County Republican Club and has served many years on the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.

His other leadership roles include chairman of the Lee County Industrial Development Board, chairman of the Lee County Public Building Authority and member of the board of directors of the East Alabama Achievement Center Foundation.

Price and his wife of 39 years, Oline, are the fourth generation to live on the family farm near Opelika where they raise cattle and goats. They have two adult sons and are active members of First United Methodist Church of Opelika,

A Clay County resident, Mike Sparks retired from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences at the end of 2017. He’d been with the department for the better portion of four decades. He campaigned on themes of building safe communities, promoting great schools and recruiting better jobs.