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oakley standard issue Elbert Peters, GOP candidate for House District 53 race, resigns candidacy after realizing he doesn't live in district In this 2010 file photo, Elbert Peters introduces Gov. Robert Bentley, who was then running for office, at a Republican Men's Club breakfast. Peters resigned Tuesday as a candidate in the House District 53 race after discovering he doesn't live within the district. (AL.com file photo)
- Elbert Peters, the Republican Party qualifier for the District 53 state House of Representatives race in Huntsville, has resigned as a candidate.
In a letter sent Tuesday to Bill Armistead, chair of the state GOP, Peters said he discovered he does not live within the district.
Peters was the only Republican qualifier for District 53. Anthony Daniels is the Democratic candidate for the seat in the new Huntsville district, which was shifted from Birmingham when district lines were redrawn in 2012.
John Como, chair of the Madison County Republican Party, said party leaders are meeting Thursday night to identify a potential replacement candidate to recommend to the state party.
"We can come up with a replacement," Como said. "We have the opportunity to appoint another candidate."
In his letter to Armistead, a copy of which Peters provided to AL.com/The Huntsville Times, Peters said he qualified in "good faith." Peters is a longtime GOP official who has served in various roles on state and local committees.
"Having qualified without opposition for the Republican Party's nomination, I do not want to cause myself or the Party trouble or embarrassment by having my nomination revoked," Peters wrote in his letter. "I therefore resign the nomination."
The District 53 seat was filled Tuesday in a special election in Birmingham. to serve out the term of the Newton died in September after an extended illness.
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