- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) - Elmore County Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds has ruled that incumbent Elmore County Superintendent Andre Harrison cannot run in the Republican primary.

Media outlets report Probate Judge John Enslen filed a petition on Monday for an emergency declaratory judgment from Reynolds as to whether Harrison’s name should be allowed on the ballot, citing that Harrison was missing key paperwork from the Alabama State Department of Education in his qualification for the primary election.

Attorney Keith Howard, who represents superintendent contender Richard Dennis, says Harrison missed the deadline to file the paperwork to qualify.

Harrison’s attorney, Algert Agricola, responded that the statute which outlines the laws for timely requirements when filing for primary qualification are directory, not mandatory.

Harrison says he won’t challenge the judge’s order and will run as an Independent.

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