Republican Bryan Brinyark cruised to victory in Tuesday's general election to fill District 16's vacant seat and represent parts of West Alabama in the state House of Representatives.

The position was left empty when incumbent Kyle South stepped down from his elected office to become the next President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama last year.

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Brinyark, a Tuscaloosa County native and Central High alumnus, is a partner at Brinyark & Frederick who beat out two other Republicans in a primary and runoff last year to get the GOP nomination for Tuesday's general election.

He was elected over Democrat John H. Underwood, who was uncontested in the primary.

Brinyark, a father of five, said he has conservative family values and is looking forward to representing the District, which includes all of Fayette County, the northeastern corner of Tuscaloosa County including Bookwood and Samantha, and far west Jefferson County.

Here in his home Tuscaloosa County, Brinyark earned more than 90 percent of the vote.

UPDATE: Brinyark ultimately won the election in a landslide, with 2,370 votes to Underwood's 469 votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State.

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