Kelly Evans qualifies as Democratic candidate in District 11 race



Kelly Evans, Democratic Party candidate Age: 57 Residence: Hanceville Background: Former co-owner of M&K Mercantile, Cleveland; long active in Blount County Democratic Party and various citizen causes; ran unsuccessfully for District 4 County Commissioner in 2004.

Kelly Evans, Democratic Party candidate Age: 57 Residence: Hanceville Background: Former co-owner of M&K Mercantile, Cleveland; long active in Blount County Democratic Party and various citizen causes; ran unsuccessfully for District 4 County Commissioner in 2004.

Kelly Evans, formerly of Cleveland and former coowner of M&K Mercantile there, qualified Wednesday as a candidate for the District 11 House of Representatives seat. The seat was occupied by Jeremy Oden of Eva until his resignation Dec. 3. District 11 includes the following polling locations in Blount County: Summit Fire Hall, Brooksville Fire Hall, Rock Springs Community Center, Blountsville Town Hall, and Cleveland Town Hall.

Review of Republican Party candidates Danny Alldredge Age: 58 Residence: Holly Pond Background: currently in-house appraiser for Eva Bank; 31 years in secondary education, 22 years as agribusiness teacher; high school principal and Area Career Tech Center director; Cullman County School Board, eight years.

Review of Republican Party candidates Danny Alldredge Age: 58 Residence: Holly Pond Background: currently in-house appraiser for Eva Bank; 31 years in secondary education, 22 years as agribusiness teacher; high school principal and Area Career Tech Center director; Cullman County School Board, eight years.

Evans is the only Democrat in a field that includes four Republicans. All five candidates reside in Cullman County. A preliminary profile of Evans appears below.

District 11 election dates
Special primary election Feb. 12, 2013
Special primary runoff, if needed* March 26, 2013
Special general election** March 26, 2013
or May 7, 2013***
Mike Graves Age: 51 Residence: Vinemont Background: currently public works official for town of South Vinemont; 35 years with Vinemont Providence VFD, 23 years as fire chief; served last four years on board of Cullman County Economic Development Commission.

Mike Graves Age: 51 Residence: Vinemont Background: currently public works official for town of South Vinemont; 35 years with Vinemont Providence VFD, 23 years as fire chief; served last four years on board of Cullman County Economic Development Commission.

Lydia Haynes Age: 58 Residence: Fairview Background: Co-owner, Integrity Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation; 35 years as registered physical therapist; served eight years on Alabama Health Coordinating Council and two years on Alabama Physical Therapy Coordinating Committee.

Lydia Haynes Age: 58 Residence: Fairview Background: Co-owner, Integrity Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation; 35 years as registered physical therapist; served eight years on Alabama Health Coordinating Council and two years on Alabama Physical Therapy Coordinating Committee.

*if no candidate receives a majority of votes in the special primary

Randall Shedd Age: 59 Residence: Fairview Background: currently director, Cullman County Commission on Aging; served two terms as chairman of Cullman County Commission; former president of Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA); former president of North Alabama Mayors Association.

Randall Shedd Age: 59 Residence: Fairview Background: currently director, Cullman County Commission on Aging; served two terms as chairman of Cullman County Commission; former president of Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA); former president of North Alabama Mayors Association.

** if a special primary runoff is not needed because one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the Feb. 12 special primary

***depending on whether March 26 is required for a special primary runoff; if so, the special general election is the later date