Did Grissett qualify for election?

School board chairman says he did; Alabama Democratic Party says no papers found

Escambia County (Ala.) School Board member Willie J. Grissett filed his declaration of candidacy in the judge of probate office Friday to seek re-election but his declaration to the state Democratic Party has not been received by Friday's 5 p.m. deadline, meaning he will likely not be on the March 3 primary ballot.

Candidates seeking office must file with their respective state parties to be certified as candidates. The Alabama Democratic Party has no record of Grissett qualifying.

However, Grissett said he did file his declaration of candidacy with the state Democratic Party online Friday aft...