Governor Kay Ivey has called a special primary election for House District 27 to be held on April 2.

The special primary runoff, if necessary, is set for April 30, followed by the special general election on July 16.

The HD27 seat was recently vacated by State Sen. Wes Kitchens (R-Arab) after he successfully ran for Senate District 9.

"I commend Sen. Wes Kitchens for his exemplary service in the House, and as he ascends to the Senate, I am calling for a special election to fill the vacancy," Ivey said in a release. "It is essential we ensure District 27 continues to have strong representation," said Governor Ivey. "I urge everyone in this district to make their voice heard by voting in the upcoming special election. Alabamians deserve to be rightfully represented in the Alabama Legislature."

The deadline for qualifying with major political parties will be Tuesday, January 30, at 5 p.m. The deadline for all independent candidates and minor parties is Tuesday, April 2, at 5 p.m.

So far, former Secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education Jeana Ross, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George, Arab City Councilman Alan Miller and former Marshall County District 1 Commissioner Bill Stricklend have announced their bids.

SEE ALSO: Stacy George, Jeana Ross, Alan Miller announce bids for House District 27 seat vacated by State Senator-elect Wes Kitchens — 'I'd be crazy not to run'

House District 27 includes Arab, Guntersville, Union Grove and Grant.

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