DORA - Matt Diffy has withdrawn from the Dora City Council race, according to Dora Mayor Randy Stephens on Wednesday.
Diffy had been scheduled to run against a dozen other candidates during the Aug. 25 municipal elections. Runoffs would follow on Oct. 6. No party affiliation or write-ins are used for municipal elections. Winners will take office on Nov. 2.
Those qualifying by July 21 to be on the ballot included (with "I" signifying an incumbent) David Box, Robert Busby, Diffy, Christopher S. Edwards (I), Cody Harding, Dustin Hollis, Norman Holt, Joseph Lovelady, Jessica Mashburn, George Sides, Jr., Randy Spears (I), Gary Thomas (I), and Hezikiah Walker.
The top seven vote totals win seats on the council.
Stephens - who himself faces Marion Combs in the mayoral election - said that Diffy will still be on the ballot.
"They have already been printed," Stephens said in a text Wednesday. "We could have re-ordered, but it would have cost an additional $3,000. Plus, we have already mailed out some absentee ballots. So the Secretary of State (John Merrill) advised us to just post it in three places as well as in the voting area on election day. Anyone that still votes for him, the votes will not be counted."
For the municipal elections, the deadline to register to vote will be Aug. 10, and the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot through Dora City Hall will be Aug. 20. One may now download an municipal absentee application online from the Secretary of State's Office at https://www.sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/voter-pdfs/absentee/MuniAbsenteeAppFillable.pdf
More information on the municipal elections may be found at https://almonline.org/MunicipalElectionInformation.aspx.
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