Folks, the news about Jim Barton resigning his legislative seat is all over – even here at LiA.
What’s not being mentioned is that this is a prime opportunity for us to get a head start on defeating the super majority held by the GOP in the Statehouse.
See, we all know that Barton is a Republican – so if a Democrat wins that seat, when they run again they have the advantage of being the incumbent. Remember, we need 5 additional seats in the House to defeat the super majority and win back a place at the table. Do the math – this one’s easy.
Our illustrious governor set qualifying for this race to end Monday, August 19 – right during the build-up to the Mobile city elections (the district is in Mobile County). But I’m sure that was an accident, right?
More transparent was Bentley later announcing a change in the actual election dates – from October 8 to October 15. Maybe he was hoping the Democrats would be confused and stay home?
The Republicans know we’re committed to crashing their party at the Statehouse, and they’re doing what they can to make sure that stays a GOP seat.
We need a candidate – someone who can not only win this seat, but hold it in 2014. There’s help – the Alabama Democratic Majority announced helping defeat the super majority as one of its 5 goals at their Convention earlier this month, so there’s statewide support as well as local. What we need is that special person to step up and run.
Not all readers of LiA live in South Alabama, of course, or even in Alabama at all. But all of us know folks who live in other places. Tap your Mobile connections. Qualifications for office are at the Alabama Legislature site, but basically candidates must be at least 21, have been residing in Alabama at least 3 years, and must live in the district. Check the district using the “Find Your Legislator” tool
If you do know someone interested in qualifying, have them text or email firstname.lastname@example.org and include a contact phone number.