Bayou La Batre Will Have Special Election For Mayor

Bayou La Batre Will Have Special Election For Mayor

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BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. -

Governor Robert Bentley bows out of naming a new mayor for Bayou La Batre.  Under state law, since the city council didn't come up with a replacement for Stan Wright, the governor could have selected a new mayor himself.  In a letter issued today the governor has opted to pass and allow the county to begin election proceedings immediately.

 

This is a rare case when the probate court handles a city election.  Judge Don Davis says he wasn't sure of the cost.  A date has not been announced.  Judging by the closeness of the last mayoral election there is a chance this election could go to a runoff if none of the candidates receive more than 50% of the vote. 

 

Judge Davis issued a statement Tuesday afternoon.  Despite the fact the governor is not picking someone, the probate court will still wait out the statutory 30 days Bentley had to decide.  Davis says that was the opinion from Alabama League of Municipalities. 

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