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Perry County Commissioner drops out of Marion Mayoral race

Perry County Commissioner Albert Turner Jr. has withdrawn from the Mayoral race in Marion.

Alabama State law prevents a candidate from running for two different elected positions at the same time.

Turner was re-elected as District 1 Commissioner in March, winning 59 percent of the vote.  He was first appointed to fill his father’s unexpired term in 2000. He has won re-election four times:  2002, 2008, 2014 and 2020.

Turner said on his Facebook post that the District 1 residents played a big role in him dropping out of the Mayor’s race.

“It came down to the people in District 1,” Turner said. Many expressed that given a Mayor who is willing to work together, I could help more people and our community better as the Commissioner than as Mayor.

Turner posted on Facebook Tuesday night that he will endorse Rev. Earl Hughes for Mayor in the municipal election on Aug. 25. Dexter Hinton is the current mayor in Marion.