Bonner resigned on Aug. 2 to take a position with the University of Alabama System, opening up a veritable free-for-all for his solidly red seat.

Republican qualifying candidates include former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, small-business owner Daniel Dyas, state Rep. Chad Fincher, Republican National Committee deputy chief of staff Wells Griffith, conservative commentator Quin Hillyer, former House candidate Dean Young, U.S. Small Business Administration legal assistant Sharon Powe, real-estate agent Jessica James and retail employee David Thornton.

Retiree Lula Albert-Kaigler and real-estate professional Burton LeFlore are both pursuing the Democratic party nomination.

The special election primary is scheduled for Sept. 24. A runoff, if necessary, is scheduled for Nov. 5 with the general election on Dec. 17. If no runoff is needed, the general will be Nov. 5.