The special Republican primary election for State House District 27 will go to a run-off since none of the six candidates received more than 50% of the vote Tuesday. The top two candidates, Jeana Ross and Alan Miller, will go head-to-head on April 30.

Ross, the former Secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, took first place with 1,404 of the total 3,583 votes cast in Tuesday's primary, followed by Arab City Councilman Miller’s 737 — or 39.2% and 20.6%, respectively, according to the Marshall County website’s unofficial results.

Former Marshall County commissioner Bill Strickland received 532 votes, Marshall County school board member Bill Hancock received 484, U.S. Army veteran Billy Ray Todd received 312 and former Morgan County commissioner Stacy George received 110.

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Ross said her legislative priority would be to improve education, while Miller said he would focus on transparency, public safety and workforce development.

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