By David Palmer
The Cullman Times
Randall Shedd swept to a runoff victory Tuesday to claim the Republican nomination for the District 11 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Shedd, a former Fairview mayor, two-term county commissioner, and director of Cullman County Commission on Aging, controlled the local totals with 1,406 votes to opponent Danny Alldredge’s 876, in 19 boxes
Alldredge, a former principal and county school board member, won Blount County’s six boxes by a vote of 204-122. Morgan County reported Shedd winning 93 to 75 over Alldredge.
The final vote totals for the evening favored Shedd by a total of 1,621 to 1,155. Shedd moves on to the General Election to face Democrat Kelly Evans on May 7. The District 11 seat was vacated by Jeremy Oden, a Republican from Vinemont, late last year after he accepted a seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley set the special election.
Shedd expressed appreciation for Alldredge and his family after the night’s vote totals came in.
“Surely to goodness it’s the cleanest races ever been run. I want to thank Danny and his family for the way this race was conducted. It’s been a pleasure throughout the runoff. He really ran a good campaign,” Shedd said. “I also want to thank my family, the seniors and everyone who came out to vote on such a cold day.”
Alldredge said he enjoyed working throughout the district to meet voters, and also thanked Shedd for the tone of the political race.
“It was fought well, and clean,” Alldredge said. “For right now I will go home and raise cows and get my grandbabies’ nursery ready. I certainly want to congratulate Randall and wish him all the best. I would like to see him push through those conservative ideas he’s put forth. That’s what I’ve done throughout the race. That’s what I ran on.”
The winner of the General Election will have only a few days to join in the current legislative session. By 2014, the district’s lines will change and encompass new territory.
“I learned a lot from people along the way and I know that the residents of this district expect a lot from their public servants. In 2014, the district will become a lot more rural and that will be interesting to see how that turns out,” Alldredge said.
Shedd said he will move forward with the same message he has carried throughout the Republican Primary.
“I have three points to stress. One, I want to be an advocate for the senior citizens. Everybody and their brother has a lobbyist in Montgomery, but I’m not sure anyone pays enough attention to the needs and issues of our seniors.
“Second, I’ve said before that we have a lot of good projects underway in our district, and some others that are coming. I am a projects person and I want to make sure that we stay on top of those projects and see them through for the benefit of the residents in District 11.
Third, I want to do my best to be a voice and force for bringing people together on the political level. For example, the business and education communities need to remember how valuable they are for each other and the entire state. Sometimes we just need to look at our common ground and move forward from that point,” Shedd said.
Accompanied by his sons, Cody and Adam, and his wife, Debbie, Shedd said his family has been a source of encouragement throughout the campaign.
“We really enjoyed going out across the district and meeting people. I know Randall will do a good job, because he works from the heart,” Debbie Shedd said.
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