Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will be the guest speaker when the Walker County Republican Party holds its first major fundraiser in four years on Thursday, Aug. 15. Chairwoman Linda …
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will be the guest speaker when the Walker County Republican Party holds its first major fundraiser in four years on Thursday, Aug. 15.
Chairwoman Linda Ensor said the event will be held at the Jasper Civic Center at 6 p.m.
"Reserve tables are available for $600," Ensor said. "That's for six people. There is sponsorship available with your name on the program for $300, and you get four tickets. There are also individual tickets for $25 each."
A buffet meal will be catered by Son's Smokehouse in Jasper.
Ensor said it is the first major fundraiser going into the 2020 election cycle. "We've not had a fundraiser since 2015," she said, saying funds would help with the coming election.
"At times we have given candidates a few dollars to help them with their advertising. But the main thing we do for the candidates now is to advertising to vote straight Republicans, and put everyone's name and photo, and include everyone on it," Ensor said.
Besides Marshall, other potential local and state candidates for the coming year are expected to attend. Ensor said she has already heard from one state candidate about attending the banquet.
"They will be introduced and have a minute or two" to speak, she said, without taking away from Marshall's time.
Ensor said the state GOP organization will determine an opening date of qualifying for county, state and federal offices this fall, which the local party normally adopts as well. The ending date for qualifying is already set for Nov. 8 this year at 5 p.m.
The primaries will be held on March 3, 2020, while the runoff will then be on April 14. The General Election will follow on Nov. 3.
Qualifying for municipal offices, which are not party positions, will be held next year, along with those elections.
Marshall became the 48th attorney general of Alabama on Feb. 10, 2017, and was elected to a full term on Nov. 6, 2018. He is a native of Atmore and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1987) and the University of Alabama School of Law (1990). After graduating from law school, he practiced with Maynard, Cooper, and Gale, P.C. He served Marshall County as district attorney from 2001 to 2017.
He has one daughter, Faith. He is a member of LifePoint Church in Albertville.
He founded the Marshall County Major Crimes Unit, the Marshall County Computer Forensics Lab, and the Marshall County Crystal Meth Task Force. He was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National District Attorneys Association. He also served as chairman of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information System and as a member of the Alabama Sentencing Commission.
On Jan. 24, 2018, Marshall launched his Initiative on Violent Crime, reinvigorating partnerships with federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies to combat violent crime in Alabama. The mission, Marshall declared, is to “help cities reclaim their streets, restore the rule of law, and, ultimately, see their communities revived.”
To date, the Initiative has resulted in the arrests of hundreds violent offenders. He also successfully advocated for the passage of the Fair Justice Act, which he says is a significant pro-victims law that streamlines the appeals process for death-row inmates.
Marshall has served as a cochairman of the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council. He has lent his expertise on the issue to addiction-prevention and recovery advocates and law-enforcement groups throughout the state and country.
He was invited to speak at the White House on the challenges currently facing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He also testified before Congress about how the counting of illegal immigrants in the U.S. Census will negatively affect Alabama’s representation in Congress and in the Electoral College.
In November 2018, Marshall was elected to the executive committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association.
Anyone wanting to check about individual tickets, tables or sponsorships may contact Republican Treasurer Bruce Bennett at 205-388-7205 or Ensor at 205-221-2026.