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Hartselle Enquirer

Stisher, Halbrooks move to GOP

By Staff
Clif Knight, Hartselle Enquirer
Morgan County Republican and Democratic Executive Committees both completed the qualification process April 4 for candidates seeking their party’s nomination for county offices subject to the June 4 Primary Election.
The newly created Morgan County District Court, Place #3 Judgeship headed the list of offices getting the most attention in the final hours.
Hartselle Attorney Catherine Halbrooks switched parties to seek the Republican nomination for the office. She represented the Democratic Party in 2004 as a candidate for District Attorney and in 2006 as a candidate for District Judge, Place 2.
Other GOP candidates seeking the nomination are Charles Langham and Huel Harris.
Langham was appointed to the position earlier this year by Governor Bob Riley but resigned March 5 after the governor’s appointing authority was challenged by State Rep. Ronald Grantland, D-Hartselle.
Tim Kyle is the Democratic nominee for the District 3 judgeship. He has no opposition in the primary.
Following the recent retirement of Judge David J. Breland, the Morgan County District Court, Place 1, judgeship is also up for grabs. Brent Craig and Buzz Brown are seeking the GOP nomination for that position.
Hartselle attorney Larry Madison is the Democratic Party nominee. He has no opposition in the primary.
In a surprise move, former Morgan County Commissioner Don Stisher switched political parties to seek the Republication nomination for Morgan County Commission, District No. 3. He represented the Democratic Party in that position from 1996 to 2004. He will face the incumbent, Kevin Murphy, in the primary. The winner will face Bill Fowler, the Democratic nominee, in November.
Morgan County District No. 4 Commissioner Stacy George faces opposition from Greg Abercrombie, for the Republican Party nomination in the June primary. No one qualified to represent the Democratic Party.
Incumbent Amanda Scott and Mickey Maddox are seeking the Republican Party nomination for Morgan County Revenue Commissioner in the primary. The winner will face Rita Collins Sims, a Democrat, in the general election.
Morgan County License Commissioner Sue Baker Roan has no opposition in the Democratic Primary but faces opposition from Mark McCurry, a Republican, in the general election.
Three Morgan County School Board seats are up for election. All three Republican incumbents are seeking re-election. District No. 6 board member Tom Earwood has no opposition from within his own party or the Democratic Party. District No.2 board member Carolyn Wallace faces opposition from James Ray Bowling, a Democrat, in the general election. District No. 3 board member Mike Tarpley is being opposed by Lynn Thompson, a Democrat, in November.

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