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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Montgomery Police officer to challenge Love in District 74 race


Voters in House District 74 will have two men named Jay to choose from when they go to the ballot box in November.

Montgomery Police Lt. Jay King is taking on two-term Republican State Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, to represent the district that covers part of east Montgomery. Love faced no opposition in the June 1 Republican primary, and there is no Democratic opponent.

King, a one-time candidate for mayor, announced this week that he has qualified to run as an independent candidate. King exceeded the 345 signatures he needed from voters in House District 74. In fact his petition had 402 signatures.

He also met all of the other requirements to gain independent access to the ballot, according to officials with the Secretary of State’s office and the Alabama Ethics Commission. Barring any kind of court challenge to his candidacy, King’s name will appear on the general election ballot in November.

"I’m running as an independent because if I am elected to office I will be obligated to the people who elected me, not any political party or special interest," he said.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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