Jefferson County Circuit Judge Scott Vowell ruled last week that William Bell should be the county commissioner to replace Larry Langford, who gave up the seat when he was elected mayor of Birmingham.

Bell won the County Commission seat in a local election in February despite the fact that Gov. Bob Riley said he had the right to fill the vacancy, and had appointed George Bowman to fill the post for the remainder Langford’s term, which runs through 2010.

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