HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — After the incumbent for Houston County Commissioner District 3 was unable to secure enough votes needed for an outright victory, the runoff election between incumbent Commissioner Ricky Herring and challenger Richard Talley has officially kicked off.

Both candidates are looking forward to getting out there once again, and continue sharing their message and goals with voters in the county with hopes to gain their votes in the upcoming run-off election.

Commissioner Ricky Herring was first elected to the Houston County Commission in 2018 and since then he says he has been working for the people and the county, bringing growth throughout his district.

“It’s growing out here, and people are building houses, subdivisions are going up,” Herring said. “They are talking about building another 600 or something home subdivision just below the area of Rehobeth there is a lot happening. I would love to see it move forward in a positive direction.”

Herring, who got 48% of the Republican vote, said if he is re-elected, he will prioritize infrastructure improvements to bring more jobs to Houston County.

A project he believes will help with those jobs, is the newly approved $5 million water system that will go from Big Creek Gaming down to the county’s 240-acre industrial park on the state line. Herring believes this will open up, endless opportunities for the southern part of the county.

“I’ve been in my first term in office and there has been a lot accomplished in that time,” Herring said. “A lot of infrastructure projects completed. A lot of things done that haven’t been done in years, ten, fifteen, twenty years. A lot is happening.”

Herring’s opponent in the runoff, Richard Talley, Houston County native and former board member for the National Peanut Festival, got 22% of the Houston County, District 3 vote.

Talley believes now that there’s a possibility of there being two county employees on the commission. Herring and James Ivey who was just won the District 4 Primary are both deputies for the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, it’s vital the county has more representation.

“The easiest thing to do is not do anything,” Talley said. “Many people say why do you want to do this. It’s just simply a desire that I have had for a long time. I understand going up against an incumbent can be an uphill battle.”

However, after the results from Tuesday’s primary kept him in the race, he believes Houston County voters want a change. A change, he claims, has been ready to bring to the county.

“52% of the voters yesterday did not want the incumbent to be in office,” Talley tells WDHN. “I could look at it from the standpoint that almost 50% did, but 52% voted and said we do not want you in there.”

Houston County District 3 voters will have the last say in the run-off election which will be on June 21st. And since voter turnout in run-off elections is expected to be even lower than in primaries, they both encourage voters to get out to the polls on that day.