Governor Kay Ivey has set a date for a special election to fill the vacancy created when Tuscaloosa's Bill Poole left his leadership position in the state's Alabama House of Representatives to serve as Ivey's state finance director.

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Poole was first elected to represent House District 63, which includes large swaths of Tuscaloosa and Northport, in 2010. He became a leader in Tuscaloosa's legislative delegation and helped pass legislation in Montgomery that bolstered infrastructure, education, economic development and more in the area.

Last month, Poole announced he was resigning from his seat in the Legislature to become the state's Director of Finance. He officially started the new job and Ivey announced her plans for a special election to fill the vacancy Monday morning.

Eligible and interested candidates have until Tuesday, August 17th to qualify with a political party and declare their candidacy for the seat.

Primary elections to narrow the field will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, with primary runoffs held on Tuesday, November 16th if necessary.

The special general election will take place on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.

According to Ballotpedia, Poole won the seat with more than 63 percent of the vote in 2010 and was unopposed in his 2014 and 2018 re-election campaigns.

Cynthia Almond, who spent 16 years representing north Tuscaloosa on the city council, has announced she will seek Poole's seat. Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more candidate announcements as they are made.

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