MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State Rep. Chris England was elected to be the new chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party on Saturday at an Alabama Democratic Party special session.
WHNT News 19 Montgomery Bureau Reporter Reshad Hudson confirmed the vote in a tweet around 2 p.m. Saturday.
Patricia Todd was elected to the position of vice chair, according to a news release.
“Today was monumental for Alabama Democrats, and I am honored to have been selected to serve as the Chair of our state party,” said Representative Chris England. “What we achieved today was historic and I’m extremely proud of the unity and engagement that demonstrated. I look forward to working closely with my colleague Patricia Todd and all of the party members to create a more diverse and inclusive state party. I would also like to extend my thanks to Tabitha Isner and Will Boyd, who have been tirelessly working to bring transparency and good faith to the party. Democrats work best when we work together, and I look forward to continuing this work with them and all Democrats as Party Chair.”
The Alabama Democratic Party Executive committee voted to remove Nancy Worley and Randy Kelley from party leadership at the special session that began around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to Hudson.
The committee first voted to remove Worley, and our news partners at AL.com reported the roll call vote was a unanimous 172-0.
In a tweet, Hudson confirmed Randy Kelley was also removed as vice chair.
Dr. Will Boyd, 2018 lieutenant governor nominee, Tuscaloosa Representative Chris England, and Tabitha Isner, 2018 U.S. House District 2 nominee, were in the running to be the new chair of the state party.
Previously, Worley attempted to block the meeting before the Alabama Supreme Court stayed a temporary restraining order Friday, allowing the meeting to proceed.
The meeting had the backing of both the DNC and U.S. Senator Doug Jones, who was at Saturday's meeting.
Our news partners at AL.com said other business items at the meeting included electing members for new minority caucuses set to join the SDEC:
- Youth (35 and under)
- Asian/Pacific Islander
- Native American
- People with disabilities
Worley intended to run for state party chair again and refused to recognize Saturday's meeting, stating the official meeting for party leadership elections would be November 16.