5 Republicans, 1 Democrat qualify for State House District 5 seat

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Image: MGN Online)

ATHENS, Ala. – Six people have put their names in the running to seek the State House District 5 seat in a special election later this year.

Rep. Dan Williams held the seat until earlier this month, when he died after a battle with leukemia.

The qualifying deadline to fill the seat was Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m.  One candidate qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party, Henry White.

Five candidates qualified with the Alabama Republican Party: Danny Crawford, Ronnie Coffman, Jerry Hill, Mike Criscillis and Chris Seibert.

The special primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 29.  If no candidate in each party receives a majority of the votes, a special primary runoff election will be held on Tuesday, December 8.

If no primary runoff is needed, the special general election will be held on Tuesday, December 8.  However, if a special primary runoff election is required, the special general election would be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.