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Local flavor in primary

Staff Report

Tuesday, May 24 is a big day in Alabama. The primary will set the stage for which candidates will be serving the state over the next four years. The governor's race is the headliner, but there are several local area races as well.

Tallassee mayor Johnny Hammock is vying for a state position for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve as mayor of Tallassee," Hammock said upon announcing his intentions for state office last August. "The work that we have accomplished has helped make Tallassee a better place to live, raise a family, and start a business, and now I want to do the same for the state of Alabama."

Hammock has three contenders on the Republican ballot including incumbent Jeremy Oden, Stephen McLamb and Brent Woodall.


Another longtime Tallassean is also running for office. Attorney Mike Segrest is a candidate for district attorney in the 5th judicial circuit. The circuit includes Tallapoosa, Macon, Chambers and Randolph Counties. Segrest is opposed by Jeremy Duerr on the Republican ticket.

"The offices of the judicial system belong to the people of this circuit and that's the way it should be," Segrest said. "The only way officials are held accountable is through the electoral process. I believe it's time for a change and want to make a difference. Don't ask someone else to do something you aren't willing to do yourself. I believe in hard work and that is exactly what this office needs."

Alabama House District 31 representative Mike Holmes, who has served since 2014, is not seeking re-election. His replacement will remain a Republican with two options for Elmore County voters, Chadwick Smith or Troy Stubbs.

There are 15 candidates in the governor's race, nine of them on the Republican ballot including current Gov. Kay Ivey.

Another high profile case is for the seat to replace Senator Richard Shelby. Shelby, 88, was elected U.S. Senator in 1986. Nine candidates have qualified to fill his spot.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. in Tallassee.