Insurance salesman Artis A.J." McCampbell beat out former Sumter County Commissioner Christopher Spencer for the Democratic nomination to the District 71 seat in the House of Representatives.

Barring an upset write-in campaign in the Nov. 7 general election, McCampbell essentially won the vacant seat Tuesday since there is no Republican candidate on the November ballot.

It humbles me that people have actually entrusted me with the future of this district at this time," McCampbell said after making a victory speech to family and friends. It's a blessing from God."

In Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff, 5,862 voters, about 59 percent of the total, picked McCampbell, while 4,116 voters, about 41 percent, selected Spencer.

District 71 includes Greene and Sumter counties, as well as the northwestern portion of Marengo County and the southwestern tip of Tuscaloosa County.

Spencer, 40, was pleased he won Sumter County, his home county. The Title I parental involvement specialist with the Sumter County Board of Education got 2,652 votes in Sumter. McCampbell picked up 1,815.

The 53-year-old owns a State Farm Insurance business in Linden. Before that, he held several jobs in law enforcement and ran unsuccessfully for Greene County sheriff in 1982.

McCampbell had nearly enough votes to win the District 71 race without a runoff in the June 6 primary. He had 5,855 votes, or 48 percent of the total, to 3,512 for Spencer, his closest opponent, who finished with 29 percent of the vote.

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