Bryan Brinyark has beaten opponent Brad Cox in Tuesday's special runoff election for House District 16.

The two Republican candidates were just 15 votes apart in the primary election, but Brinyark ended up with almost 200 more votes than Cox Tuesday, with 1,706 ballots cast for him — or 52.75% — compared to Cox's 1,528, according to Decision Desk's unofficial results.

Brinyark brings years of legal experience as an attorney and municipal judge to District 16, which covers Fayette County and portions of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa Counties. Kyle South held the seat until he retired earlier this year to serve as the CEO of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.

The Alabama Republican Party chair John Wahl congratulated Brinyark on his big win.

"Being a public servant is a true commitment and calling, one which requires great selflessness and sacrifice," Wahl said. "I would like to thank all of our candidates for giving their time and talents to this campaign. I truly appreciate their desire to represent the people of House District 16 in the Alabama Legislature. On behalf of the Alabama Republican Party, I would like to offer my congratulations to Bryan Brinyark and look forward to working with him in the future as we mount a vigorous general election campaign."

Brinyark will run against Democratic nominee John Underwood in a January 2024 general election.

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