LEE COUNTY, Ala. — Three days after a Lee County jury found Mike Hubbard guilty on 12 of 23 felony ethics violations, the process to find his replacement in House District 79 and as Speaker of the House is underway.
House Speaker Pro-Tem, Victor Gaston (R-Mobile) is serving as the Speaker of the House until a new one is selected during the next legislative session. As for Hubbard’s position as District 79 Representative, Governor Robert Bentley will call for a special election to fill the seat. Both parties are able to throw their hats in the ring. Each party’s candidates will face off in a primary election, and the winners from each party will meet in a general election.
Back in November 2014, Mike Hubbard defeated Shirley Scott-Harris to win his second term as Speaker of the House.
Governor Robert Bentley released the following statement after the verdict came down:
“Alabama is strong because our people are strong. As leaders we were placed here to serve our people and that is exactly what we are going to continue to do. God has assigned us to this task, and we will work hard to honor Him. I have the utmost confidence in the men and women of the Alabama Legislature. We will all continue working together to solve the real problems facing our state and to help Alabamians. We will pass a balanced budget that funds essential state services, create well-paying jobs and care for our sick, our elderly and our children. No matter how difficult the challenge, the people of this state will know we are working hard every day to serve them.”
Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange issued the following statement after the verdict came down.
“This is a good day for the rule of law in our state. This kind of result would never have been achieved had our office not put together the finest public corruption unit in the country. I’m very proud of their work. This should send a clear message that in Alabama we hold public officials accountable for their actions.”