- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Some Alabama voters head to the polls Tuesday for primary runoffs in two state school board races and other down ballot elections. Here’s what to look for in Tuesday’s election.


There are Republican party runoffs for two state school board seats.

Incumbent Matthew Brown faces Jackie Ziegler, the wife of state Auditor Jim Ziegler, in a runoff to represent south Alabama’s District 1 on the Alabama state school board.

Brown, an engineer for the county highway department, was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to fill a vacant post in July. Ziegler is a former school principal. The winner faces Democrat Ron Davis in November. The district includes Mobile, Baldwin, Butler, Escambia, Conecuh and Crenshaw counties.

Board Vice President Jeff Newman is in a runoff with Jim Bonner for the school board’s District 7 in northwest Alabama. The district includes Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Walker and parts of Limestone and Jefferson County counties. Newman is a former Lamar County superintendent. Bonner taught career tech courses at community colleges for 30 years. There is not a Democrat on the November ballot.


Runoffs will be held in 41 counties, mostly for down ballot races such as county commission, circuit judge and local school board. The elections will often pertain to only a district in the county. Visit the Alabama secretary of state’s website (https://bit.ly/1SgsY6k ) to see sample ballots for each county.

Republican runoffs will be held in Autauga, Baldwin, Blount, Butler, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Randolph, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston counties.

Democratic runoffs will be held in Bullock, Colbert, Conecuh, Dallas, Franklin, Greene, Jefferson, Monroe, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox counties.


Alabama polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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