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: Florence, Athens, Huntsville, Gorhum’s Bluff, Anniston, & Oxford

Yesterday was another great day filled with meeting people who are committed Republicans and proud Americans.

Shoals Republican Club Members

The day started in Florence, where Congressman Mo Brooks, Public Service Commissioner Jeremy Oden, and I spoke to the Shoals Republican Club members. (I was flattered by Congressman Brooks complimenting me on my speech; I met his wife, who is an engaging person in her own right.)

Speaking to Shoals Republican Club Members

The members of the Shoals Republican Club seemed very receptive to my message and my extensive experience administering elections in Alabama, not to mention my short stint with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

With Ray Wren, Former Member of the Lauderdale County Board of Registrars

From there, Deborah Howard, my campaign administrator and extremely valuable & skilled member of my team, and I headed to Athens to provide campaign materials to Mr. Ricardo Jaramillo of the group G.I.A.N.T. , which strives to educate its members about voting.

With Ricardo Jaramillo of G.I.A.N.T.

After meeting with Mr. Jaramillo, Deborah and I headed to Huntsville for lunch with supporters Lynda and Randy Hairston. Lynda is a long-time friend and current member of the Madison County Board of Registrars. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with two strong friends and supporters of my candidacy for Secretary of State.

With Randy & Lynda Hairston

Gorhum’s Bluff was our next destination. We were doing some reconnaissance for an event I’d like to hold in north Alabama, in general, and Jackson County, in particular.

View of the Tennessee River Vally from Gorhum’s Bluff

In Gorhum’s Bluff, we met Ms. Tabitha Veal, who shared information about the lodge and restaurant there. As we talked, it turned out she new my grand uncle who lived not too far away in Flat Rock on Booger Hill. She shared about meeting him and fishing in one of his ponds.

With Tabitha Veal at Gorhum’s Bluff

Later, judge Joel Laird met with me in Anniston to talk about my effort to be Alabamians next Secretary of State and catch up on things that have happened since we last talked. Joel and I have been friends ever since he was legal counsel in the Secretary of State’s office, years ago.

Former Circuit Judge Joel Laird of Anniston

After dropping of some campaign signs in Oxford, I made my way back to the house of my sister, Angie Holt, in Auburn. She is a dog-lover and is generously caring for my dogs when I travel overnight. I thank her very much for assisting me with Emma and Betty.

Emma (front) and Betty (back)

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.

Great Day! Talladega, St. Clair and Jackson Counties!

Tuesday (1/18/2022) was a great day, filled with visits with great Republicans in Talladega, St. Clair, and Jackson Counties. My message and agenda items are resonating with people and they (the people) have been showing a lot of support for my candidacy.

The day started with my traveling to Talladega County to drop off campaign materials with the county Republican Party and a passionate supporter.

In St. Clair County, my long-time friend and elections administration colleague, Deborah Howard, continues to assist me. I’m very appreciative of her efforts. If you need help with any election-related issues in St. Clair County, she can help you!

Deborah Howard and Me

I provided Deborah campaign materials as well and then met various people at both the Pell City and Ashville courthouses. I thank Ken Crowe, county Revenue Commissioner, and Deborah for showing me around.

I met with members of the Jackson County Republican Party at Cattle Stampede Steakhouse in Scottsboro. I enjoyed talking to them one-on-one and then speaking to the group as a whole, especially when answering their questions about Alabama election law and procedures.

I appreciate that my cousin, Pamela Norton of Ider, joined me at the meeting. (Yes, I’m aware that Ider is in DeKalb County! But she lives near and works in Scottsboro and has shown tremendous support for my campaign!)

Pamela Norton, my cousin and supporter from Ider

At the Jackson County meeting, I was able to spend time and catch up with a couple of the county’s election officials, with whom I’ve worked for years: Bart Buchanan, Circuit Clerk and Absentee Election Manager; and Kathy Thompson, a member of the Board of Registrars. Since I have usually interacted with county election officials over the phone, it’s great when I can see them in-person!

Bart Buchanan and Me
Kathy Thompson and Me

I’m looking forward to upcoming visits in many other of Alabama’s great counties.