Travis Hendrix has defeated Sylvia Swayne in the special election runoff for the House District 55.
According to the unofficial results posted on the Jefferson County website, Hendrix received 2,367 votes to Swayne’s 1,268, or 65.12% of the vote.
“Grateful, District 55! Thrilled to be your representative!” Hendrix posted Tuesday night to his campaign’s social media. “This journey has been incredible. Massive thanks to my exceptional team, my family, and all of District 55! I'm here to represent each and every one of you with passion and dedication! Let's make great things happen together!”
District 55 became available after former State Rep. Fred Plump, Jr. (D-Fairfield) pled guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a money-siphoning scheme involving a public works fund in Jefferson County.
Although Swayne had no political experience in the state, he beat out six local Democratic leaders in the primary. Swayne, who would have been the state’s first transgender lawmaker, reportedly received tens of thousands in out-of-state contributions from several LGBTQ organizations funding his campaign, including from activist David Hogg.
“I might be the first transgender woman to run in the state of Alabama, but I’ll be damned if I’m the last.” Swayne said after conceding the race, according to reporter Hannah Denham.
Craig Monger contributed to this article.
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