(Updated) Luther Strange will attend Republican candidate dinner Friday in Cullman


U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, left, U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, center, and Roy Moore, right, will be special guests of the Cullman County Republican Party at a dinner Friday night, July 28, 2017. / Images courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and the State of Alabama

CULLMAN – The Cullman County Republican Party’s executive committee will host a U.S. Senate candidate dinner at the Cullman Civic Center on Friday, July 28 at 6 p.m., with leading candidates Roy Moore, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks and incumbent U.S. Sen. Luther Strange as special guests. Strange confirmed his attendance Thursday afternoon. Tickets to the event are $50, with proceeds going to the local party to support campaigning and charitable work.

Moore, Brooks and Strange lead the pack of 10 Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Strange. There are also eight Democrats in the running.

When U.S. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate in February, former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was tasked with temporarily filling the Senate seat vacated by Sessions until a special election could be held. Bentley chose Luther Strange, the Alabama attorney general who had recently called off an investigation into the governor’s allegedly illegal activities. 

Gov. Kay Ivey, who took control of the state after an embattled Bentley resigned on April 10, moved up the special election, which Bentley had set to coincide with the regular 2018 election, to this year.  Party primaries will take place Aug. 15; runoffs, if needed, are scheduled for Sept. 26.  The election will take place on Dec. 12.

Waid Harbison, chair of the Cullman County Republican Party, said, “We’re really excited to have the leading senate candidates come to town.”

The local party will also recognize distinguished members, said Harbison. “We’re excited to recognize everybody. Our executive committee has been working really hard on getting the word out and selling tickets.”

A silent auction will also take place at the event.

For more information, visit http://qrne.ws/gopdinner.

Read more about all 18 candidates at http://qrne.ws/specialelection.

At a glance

What: U.S. Senate candidate dinner

Where: Cullman Civic Center

When: Friday, July 28 at 6 p.m

6-7 p.m.:   Silent Auction with donated items and homemade goods from the Republican Women

7-9 p.m.:   Program, with special guests U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks and Roy Moore

Awards will be given away in five categories to local Republicans

  1. Volunteer of the Year
  2. Republican Woman of the Year
  3. Young Republican of the Year
  4. Legacy Award
  5. Elected Official of the Year

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