AL Sec of State declares Blackshear as House Seat 80 rep

AL Sec of State declares Blackshear as House Seat 80 rep

MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced on Friday that he's declared and certified Chris Blackshear as the newly-elected state representative for Alabama House District 80.

Blackshear remained unopposed with democratic opposition after the special primary election earlier this month.

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 46 of the Alabama Constitution of 1901, the special general election set for April 12 will not be held.

"As the Chief Election Official, it is my duty to ensure the state of Alabama provides elections with integrity," said Secretary Merrill. "I would like to congratulate Chris Blackshear and wish him well on his service as a Representative in the Alabama Legislature. I have no doubt that he will serve with dignity and respect."

Alabama House Seat 80 became vacant after the passing of Lesley Vance in November 2015.

During the Jan. 19 special election, Blackshear received 1,652 votes, while his opponents James McGill received 766, and Tommy Pugh received 171 votes.

You can review the declaration here.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard issued a statement of congratulations, saying:

I'm confident that Chris's diverse experience in financial services, radio broadcasting, and public service will make him an invaluable asset to our membership," said Hubbard. "Chris's tireless work ethic and commitment to conservative values make him a solid representative for his constituents in House District 80.  House Republicans' focus on commonsense, conservative principles has yielded tremendous results over the last 5 years and I look forward to working with Chris has we continue to do what is right for Alabama.

Copyright 2016 WTVM. All rights reserved.