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Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s race for City Council District 7 has been eventful. Then incumbent Sonya McKinstry lost to challenger Cassius Lanier by a margin of fewer than 25 votes in the March general election.

Sonya McKinstry now faces Cassius Lanier in a special election Tuesday July 27th.

McKinstry filed a lawsuit that stated Lanier’s prior state felony convictions and federal felony conviction should bar him from holding office.

Lanier received 4 pardons and 1 federal pardon in April. A judge later nullified those decisions. The judge said Lanier had not obtained those pardons at the time of the general election in March.

McKinstry told the Steve Shannon Morning Show that she has no plans to continue legal action regarding Lanier’s qualifications as a candidate.

McKinstry says she has plans for District 7, including development ideas and more community involvement in tackling the crime issues. McKinstry reminds everyone that funding is the essential bottom line to complete projects. See more info at www.reelectsonyamckinstry.com

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa will host a virtual forum for candidates McKinstry and Lanier ahead of the special election Tuesday July 27.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa You Tube channel will feature the candidate forum Thursday July 22 from 7 to 8pm.

The District 7 special election will take place on Tuesday, July 27th.

Voters looking to vote absentee ballots, can obtain them at the City Clerk's Office and City Hall. Applications are due by July 22 at 5pm and ballots must be delivered by July 26 at 5pm. For more information visit elections.tuscaloosa.com

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