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What the runoff decides

CHAMBERS COUNTY — Following the primary elections held last month, a few races were left without a definitive Republican candidate. Because of this, a runoff election is being held today. Here are those running to represent their party in November.

Facing off to be the Republican candidate that will challenge Democrat Will Boyd for lieutenant governor in November is Will Ainsworth and Twinkle Cavanaugh. Leading up to the runoff vote today the two candidates have resorted to base name calling and accusations.

An ad by Cavanaugh recounts when Ainsworth was arrested during his college days at Auburn University. In a mailer criticizing Cavanaugh’s political career, Ainsworth uses the slogan “Twinkle Twinkle Swampy Star,” an attempt to make fun of his opponent’s first name.

The other major race that many Chambers County residents will be voting on is that of Attorney General. The candidates for this race are Troy King and Steve Marshall. According to the Associated Press, Marshall returned to the campaign trail this past weekend following the suicide of his wife in June. King was attorney general from 2004 to 2011 and is re-seeking the position.

On July 11, King filed a lawsuit on Marshall’s campaign, asking a judge to block him from using funds from the Republican Attorneys General Association on the claim that the money was transferred between PACs illegally. The lawsuit was dismissed by a Montgomery Circuit Judge last week, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Chambers County sits within State Senate District 13, and the Republicans running for the seat nomination are Randy Price and Mike Sparks. The winner of today’s runoff will run against Democrat Darrell Turner who ran unopposed in the primary.

For Alabama House District 38, Debbie Wood and Todd Rauch are the two candidates to be voted on by those in their district. Wood currently serves on the Chambers County Commission.

The other races and the candidates within them include Associate Justice Place One with Brad Mendheim and Sarah Stewart, Court of Civil Appeals Place One with Christy Edwards and Michelle Manley, Court of Criminal Appeals Place Two with Rich Anderson and Chris McCool, State Board of Education District Two with Melanie Hill and Tracie West and Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries pitting Gerald Dial against Rick Pate.

Polls opened this morning at 7 a.m. Eastern and will stay open until 7 p.m. tonight. The Valley Times-News will have election coverage and result information in tomorrow’s issue.