Fayette County Commissioner Brad Cox announced Wednesday that he would be running to represent West Alabama in the currently vacant House District 16 seat.

Governor Kay Ivey called for a special election earlier in July, and the winner will serve until this term ends in 2026.

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Before the vacancy, the seat was held by Fayette native Kyle South. The Thread previously reported that South resigned from the position in order to lead the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

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Kyle South

Brad Cox's political experience includes serving as the Fayette County Commissioner after being appointed by Governor Kay Ivey in September 2021.

In the press release announcing his candidacy, Cox spoke on the "great honor" it was to serve in Fayette County.

"I'm excited about this new opportunity to serve the people of Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, and Fayette Counties in the Alabama Legislature," said Cox.

Cox said his campaign would focus on issues like funding for public schools, solidifying Alabama's infrastructure, and providing for farmers and small business owners.


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Cox's press release noted his role as pastor for Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, as well as his wife, Anna Guffey Cox, and their son Asher.

The Republican primary for the House Seat will take place on September 26, 2023.

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