By Brandon Moseley

On Wednesday, Democratic candidate Patrice “Penni” McClammy, of Montgomery, was declared the winner of the special election to fill her late father’s House District 76 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill (R) swore in McClammy following the announcement.

McClammy is an attorney and the daughter of Rep. Thad McClammy (D-Montgomery) who died at age 78 in July following a long illness.

“I am ready to work,” McClammy told WSFA News Sally Pitts following her swearing-in. “So, whatever it is that my constituents need.

“I can’t do everything, but I know that I can help.”

McClammy said she looks forward to representing the citizens of House District 76.

“Thank You GOD, District 76, Team McClammy, Family, Facebook Family, and My Sisters!” McClammy posted on social media. “I am truly blessed to take the Oath of Office today as your new State Representative for District 76. “I have a special spirit in my heart today for my daddy, my former State Representative, the Late Thad McClammy, Mom, Patricia McClammy, and Grandparents. You all will forever be in my heart! 💕”

Merrill issued the certificate of election in accordance with Alabama State law, after no opponents materialized.

McClammy is a former Director of Athletics for Compliance at Alabama A&M University and a former graduate teaching assistance and athletics compliance officer at Florida State University.

McClammy graduated from Sidney Lanier High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University and a law degree from Faulkner University. She has a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Florida State University.

She will finish the remainder of her father’s term.