Despite being heavily outspent, Democrat Jerome Tinker of Ider defeated a wealthy Republican opponent in yesterday's special election for DeKalb County Commission, District 1. This commission seat has been in Republican hands since DeKalb began electing commissioners by district in 1994. Democrats hailed Tinker's victory over businessman Don Stout as a turning of the tide, a sign Alabamians are tired of the Republican assault on working families and an indication that grassroots campaign efforts will pay off, even in Republican districts.
“We applaud Mr. Tinker for his victory, and are incredibly grateful to the hardworking Democrats of DeKalb County for their efforts on this race,” said ADP Chairman Mark Kennedy. “We are firmly committed to electing qualified Democrats to offices at every level next year, and Jerome’s victory is a great start.”
…DeKalb County Democratic Chairman Ronnie Helton said, “We are proud to have a Democratic majority on the County Commission now. DeKalb Democrats are committed to moving our county and our state forward, and this election makes a clear statement about who voters trust to get the job done.”
“I'll try not to let anyone down,” Tinker said. “DeKalb County can expect an honest day's work from me. Thank you and God bless you.”