Alabama Legislature

Two House Seats Head to Runoffs in Special Election

Travis Hendrix and Sylvia Swayne will be fighting it out in a runoff for the Alabama House District 55 seat.

With seven people running for the Democratic nomination during the special election for the seat, Hendrix got 27.91% of the vote and Swayne got 21.45%.

No Republicans qualified for the race, and whichever candidate wins the Oct. 24 runoff is likely to become the new representative.

In the District 16 race, Bryan Brinyark and Brad Cox are headed to a runoff for the Republican nomination. With five Republicans in the race, Brinyark got 32.56% of the vote, and Cox got 32.96%.

The candidate who wins more than half the vote in the runoff will face Democratic candidate John Underwood in the general election for the seat on Jan. 9.

Hendrix, in the District 55 race, is a sergeant in the Birmingham Police Department. Swayne is quality assurance manager for Shipt and, if elected, would be the first transgender representative elected to the Alabama House.

The district includes parts of Birmingham, West End and Fairfield.

Read more about the D55 candidates.

Brinyark, in the District 16 race, is a lawyer with a private practice in Northport as well as a municipal court judge for Tuscaloosa, Brent, Centerville and Woodstock.

Cox lives in Fayette and is a banker at Alabama ONE Credit Union and former high school teacher.

The district includes Fayette County, northern Tuscaloosa County and western Jefferson County.

Read more about District 16 candidates.

Here are results for all the candidates in the races, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.

District 55

Travis Hendrix: 27.91%

Sylvia Swayne: 21.45%.

Kenneth Coachman: 4.41%

Ves Marable: 7.50%

Cara McClure: 15.16%

Phyllis E. Oden-Jones: 20.20%

Antwon Bernard Womack: 3.37%

 District 16

Bryan Brinyark: 32.56%

Brad Cox: 32.96%

Greg Fanin: 5.91%

Greg Lowery: 1.41%

Floyd “Jr” Rodgers Jr.: 8.67%

Mike Simpson: 18.49%