On the Road: Gadsden

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.

On the Road: Chambers, DeKalb & Jackson Counties

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.

My mom’s alma mater.
Just outside Ider
It’s not Called Flat Rock for No Reason
It’s not Called Flat Rock for No Reason
Time to Turn around on US72
Location, Location, Location
Chambers County Courthouse

On the Road: 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.]

With Cindy Holcomb, Chair of the Republican Women of DeKalb County, and Her Mother
With DeKalb County Probate Judge Ronnie Osbourn
With Alabama Supreme Court Candidate Debra Jones

On the Road: Fort Payne

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.

DeKalb County Republicans

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.

Cattle Stampede Steakhouse

I saw a few DeKalb County election officials that I know: Probate Judge Ronnie Osbourn and Donna Pate of the Board of Registrars.

With Probate Judge Ronnie Osbourn
With 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.

Ider High School
Cherokee County Courthouse
Clay County Courthouse

It’s always good to see patriotism around and about.

On the Road: Guntersville, Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Pell City

I wrapped up meeting with the Circuit Clerks in Guntersville early this morning. I always appreciate time spent with those colleagues and friends.

With Winston County Circuit Clerk J.D. Snoddy and his wife
With Circuit Clerks Jeannie Gibson (Crenshaw County) and Brad Curnutt (Limestone County)
With Circuit Clerks Lisa Burdette (l, Chambers County) and Valerie Knapp (r, Washington County)

I met with Michael Johnson (Revenue Commissioner), Don Milligan (chair of the Board of Registrars) and Judge Andrea LeCroy (Probate Judge), all of Marshall County.

From there, I travelled to Scottsboro to meet with various elected officials in Jackson County – including Probate Judge Victor Manning and Circuit Clerk Bart Buchanan – and their staff.

In Jackson County, with Victor Manning (l, Probate Judge) and Bart Buchanan (r, Circuit Clerk)

Afterward, I made my way to Fort Payne, where I met various DeKalb County elected officials and their staff.

I ended the night in Pell City with the St. Clair County Young Republicans at the Pell City Steak House.

With Wally Bromberg (r) and Ken Crowe (m, St. Clair County Revenue Commissioner)
With Logan Glass (l, chair of the St. Clair County Young Republicans) and Ashley Hilburn
With Wally Bromberg (l) and Ken Crowe (m, St. Clair County Revenue Commissioner)

Around Alabama: Hoover, Ider & Flat Rock

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.

With the Presidents of the County AFRW Affiliates

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.

With the Treasurers of County AFRW Affiliates

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.

Exiting I-59 for Sand Mountain

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.

At the top of Sand Mountain at Sulphur Springs Gap

I spent time in Ider (DeKalb County) and Flat Rock (Jackson County) before returning home to Prattville.