Alabama Democratic Party ordered to hold new election for chair, vice chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA/AP) - The Democratic National Committee has ordered the Alabama Democratic Party to hold a new election for its chairman and vice chairman positions in the next 90 days.

The party’s credentials committee voted Thursday afternoon to rule last year’s election invalid.

The DNC will supervise the new election and also review the Alabama Democratic Party’s bylaws.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley and Vice Chairman Randy Kelley will temporarily stay in place until the election.

Reached for comment, Worley said she welcomes a new election and believes the original outcome was the correct one.

The vote Thursday afternoon came after two hearings were held this week on challenges to last year’s election of Worley and Kelley. An evidentiary hearing was held Monday, and the credentials committee heard the challenges Thursday.

Two challenges were filed saying multiple rules were broken to “stack the deck” in favor of Worley and Kelley in last year’s state party election. One challenge noted that 190 votes were cast when only 142 state committee members signed in at the meeting.

Some Democrats have sought new leadership at the state party. Those calls were reignited after the party did not spend all available funds in the November election.

Myron Penn, a former Alabama state senator, was in Washington for the hearings Thursday. He announced afterward that he will run for the state Democratic chair position against Worley.

Attempts to reach Montgomery attorney Peck Fox, who ran against Worley in the now-invalidated election, have been unsuccessful.

Sen. Doug Jones, Alabama’s only statewide elected Democrat, nominated Fox to run for chairman. He had this to say.

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