As a retired state employee, I enjoyed attending the District 20 meeting of the Alabama Retired State Employees Association in Gadsden at the The University of Alabama Gadsden Center. District covers Etowah, DeKalb, and Cherokee Counties.
It was great meeting fellow retired state employees, especially a few from DeKalb County. DeKalb County is where my mother was from and where most of her side of the family still lives.
I spoke to the group about absentee voting procedures, in general, and recent changes in those procedures, in particular.
I enjoyed speaking to DeKalb County Republicans at their monthly breakfast Saturday. I especially appreciate the gentleman from Ider who approached me and shared that he graduated from Ider High School with Nelda Norton, my mom.
Yesterday, I spent time campaigning in northeast Alabama and east Alabama, including Jackson, DeKalb, Cherokee, Cleburne, Randolph, and Chambers Counties. I am blessed to have the opportunity to visit so many of the great and beautiful places in Alabama.
From Bridgeport to Bay Minette and Killen to Cottonwood, Alabama is blessed with so much beauty in nature. It is always a pleasure to wake to that beauty while snuggled between Sand & Lookout Mountains in Fort Payne.
Since my mom’s side of the family is in DeKalb County (and Jackson County next door), I always enjoy visiting there. Last night was no exception, as I met with the Republican Women of DeKalb County in Fort Payne at DeSoto Golf Course. I enjoyed talking with the members and then visiting at the end of the meeting. I met a few people who know my family in Ider, Henagar, and Flat Rock. I especially appreciated one gentleman’s memories of my aunt. [Edited 3/30/2022 to reflect that this gentleman actually remembered one of my aunts rather than my mom.]
Today, I shared lunch with the Republican Women of Jackson County. I enjoyed meeting the members and answering very good questions posed by them. I also enjoyed sharing with them that I have family in both Jackson and DeKalb Counties on Sand Mountain.
I enjoyed starting Saturday in Fort Payne, the county seat of DeKalb County. Ever since I was a youngster spending time at my grandfather’s house on Sand Mountain, I liked mornings up that way.
I spent time with – and had the opportunity to speak to – DeKalb County Republicans at Cattle Stampede Steakhouse. Time was limited, so I wasn’t able to entertain questions. I will be back there though on April 9th, and we should have time for that then.
I saw a few DeKalb County election officials that I know: Probate Judge Ronnie Osbourn and Donna Pate of the Board of Registrars.
The remainder of the morning and the afternoon was spent distributing campaign materials in Ider – atop Sand Mountain and where my mom grew up – and various counties: Cherokee, Clay, Coosa, Elmore.
It’s always good to see patriotism around and about.
I was honored to speak to the Alabama Federation of Republican Woman (AFRW) on Saturday. They were meeting at the Inverness Country Club in Inverness, a neighborhood in Hoover. If you are unfamiliar with Inverness, it’s just south of Birmingham on U.S. Highway 280.
I first spoke to the presidents of various county-level affiliates of the AFRW. In addition to my sharing information about my candidacy for Secretary of State, I discussed photo voter ID with them and answered questions they had on the subject.
Upon the conclusion of my speaking with the presidents, Britney Garner, president of the AFRW asked me join the treasurers of numerous county-level affiliates of the AFRW. The treasurers wanted to ask me questions about campaign finance reporting under the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), Alabama’s campaign finance law.
I thought this request would be for a short round of questions and answers. However, it became an impromptus class in campaign finance reporting, lasting well over an hour … the kind of service I would provide during my 24+ years on staff at the Secretary of State’s office.
I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the treasurers and to assist them with their campaign finance concerns.
After leaving the AFRW meeting, I drove to DeKalb and Jackson Counties in northeast Alabama, two counties where my mother’s side of our family is from.
I spent time in Ider (DeKalb County) and Flat Rock (Jackson County) before returning home to Prattville.