LAKE VIEW, AL — Democratic Senate District 21 candidate Lisa Ward has released a statement following news that one of her Republican opponents had her name removed from the primary ballot on Saturday.
Multiple sources within the party told Patch that the state’s GOP nominees committee made the decision after the ballot challenge was filed at its Saturday meeting in Birmingham, reportedly by a Jefferson County political consultant. .
“Over the past 25 years, party politics has become so divisive that an invisible wall has been erected between parties,” Ward said on Sunday. “And, we are reaping the gridlock that this has created at the state and federal levels. Leaders are no longer working together to create solutions for working families. Instead, they are playing war games with their constituents who are hurting. “
Powell, 41, was set to face incumbent Senator Gerald Allen, who has served in the Senate since 2010 and in the legislature since 1994, in the Republican primary.
“I deeply regret the Party’s action,” Powell said in a statement to Patch on Saturday night. “I think their actions were unfair and illogical.”
As it stands, Allen and Ward are now the only qualified candidates to be on the ballot and will face off in November.
It remains unclear whether Powell will challenge the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court ruling, but it’s important to note that Alabama’s political parties have the final say on which candidates to appear on the ballot in the primaries. of the party, which could make Powell’s battle for a party beckon that much tougher.
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