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Cole, Rigsby win state House seats; Butler re-elected

HUNTSVILLE — There will be a pair of new faces representing Districts 10 and 25 in the state House while a familiar face is returned to the Senate.

Republican David Cole edged Democrat Marilyn Lands for House District 10. With 99% of the vote counted, Cole led Lands, 7,557 (51.6%) to 6,580 (45%). Libertarian Elijah Boyd received 499 votes (3.4%). The seat was vacated when long-time Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) did not seek re-election.

Lands said she was amazed at the experience in her first time seeking public office.

“I’m just amazed and really sort of in awe of how much crossover support we have had,” she said. “I had a man tell me today, he said that ‘you are the first Democrat I’ve ever voted for.’

“I think people are beginning to really vote for the person and the issues and not so much just about the party and I think that’s where we need to be.”

Cole’s campaign issued the following statement to 256 Today:

“I am humbled to be elected to the Alabama House  in District 10. We will continue to work making Alabama a better place to live, work and play.
The next years will be dedicated to bringing the cost of living down and fighting inflation.
I want to Congratulate my opponent who ran a good race.
Finally, thank you to the good people who went to the polls and voted. God Bless Alabama.”

In District 25, Republican Phillip Rigsby defeated Democrat Mallory Hagan; the seat is being vacated by House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), who chose not to seek re-election. With 91% of the vote counted, Rigsby received 10,785 votes (58%) and Hagan received 7,801 votes (42%).

Rigbsy stated he is proud of the accomplishment of their campaign.

“We stuck to our message and we ran a clean campaign. I’m so excited to be serving the great people of District 25 and follow wing in the footsteps of a great leader speaker Mac McCutcheon and building on the foundation and great work that he has done in our district.

“North Alabama is a fantastic place to live which is why I’ve chosen to plant my life here with my businesses my family my faith and my volunteer efforts. I look forward to heading to Montgomery and working with the great delegation we have here in Madison County and Limestone County and getting to work for the great people of District 25 in Alabama.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Butler was re-elected to serve Senate District 2. He fended off a challenge from Democrat Kim Lewis. With 97% of the vote counted, Butler (R-Madison) had 25,885 votes (55.6%) to Lewis’ 20,653 (44.4%).

Butler says he is humbled to be re-elected to the Senate in District 2.

“We will continue to work making Alabama a better place to live, work and play.

The next years will be dedicated to bringing the cost of living down and fighting inflation.  Finally, thank you to the good people who went to the polls and voted. God Bless Alabama.”

 

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