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Republican primary runoff set for Tuesday

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The runoff election for the Republican primary races is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15.

Two runoffs in particular will affect the area.

Trussville’s Shay Shelnutt and Locust Fork’s Brett King will face off for the Alabama State Senate District 17 seat.

When all 51 precincts were reported in the June 3 primary election, Shelnutt totaled 7,475 votes and King had accumulated 6,566. Jim Murphree totaled 2,081 votes, Gayle Gear had 1,759, Jim Roberts had 1,698, Pinson City Councilman Joe Cochran totaled 1,466 and Adam Ritch had 744.

District 17 includes parts of Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair and Talladega counties.

Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer will face off in a runoff in the U.S. House District 6 Republican primary race.

DeMarco, after all 219 precincts reported in the June 3 primary election, totaled 30,842 votes, or 33 percent. Palmer totaled 18,627 votes, or 20 percent. Scott Beason managed 14,428 votes, Chad Mathis had 14,400 and Will Brooke totaled 13,076. Tom Vigneulle totaled 2,394 votes and Robert Shattuck managed just 587 votes.

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