Alabama's sixth congressional district has a three-way race for Congress, and all three will face off in a forum on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Vestavia Hills Library, "The Library in the Forest."

The incumbent is U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover). He is running for a sixth two-year term, being elected in 2014.

Challenging Palmer are independent insurance executive Ken McFeeters and automotive businessman Gerrick Wilkins.

The forum is hosted by the monthly meeting of the Mid-Alabama Republican Club (MARC). It is free to attend. No ticket or RSVP is needed. Coffee and light breakfast items are available for a nominal cost. The attire is Saturday morning casual.

A social time starts at 8:30 a.m. in the library meeting room. The congressional candidates will be available for individual questions and conversations before the start of the forum.

Alabama's sixth congressional district has changed in the latest redistricting order by a federal court. It now consists of most Republican areas of Jefferson County and Shelby, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, and Autauga Counties. Interstate 65 is the spine of the district, entering at the Blount/Jefferson County line on the north end and leaving on the Elmore/Montgomery County line on the south end.

Alabama's Republican primary for Congress, president, and some state and local offices is Tuesday, March 5. It falls on national "Super Tuesday," with several states holding presidential primaries that day.

The winner of the Republican primary for sixth district congress will face Democrat Elizabeth Anderson, who was unopposed in the Democrat primary. The two nominees meet in the November 5 general election in this heavily Republican district.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected].

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