Lewis drops bid for District 3 seat

PIKE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The race for Pike County Commission District 3 just got a little less crowded.

The Democratic candidate for the seat, Sam Lewis, was forced to withdraw from the race Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Special Counsel notified Lewis that his job as a project engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation put him in violation of the Hatch Act.

The act restricts federal government and certain state and local government employees from running for office.

The Pike County Democratic party has until August 15th to appoint someone else to the candidacy.