Election season is essentially here

Ed Howell
Posted 8/30/17

Let’s clean out the notebook ...

•You can say that it is early, nine months, before the June 5 primaries. Maybe in the old days, but not anymore. Fundraising can go on now, and it takes money …

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Election season is essentially here


Let’s clean out the notebook ...

•You can say that it is early, nine months, before the June 5 primaries. Maybe in the old days, but not anymore. Fundraising can go on now, and it takes money to purchase those expensive ads. It is not clear when the local parties will open qualifying, but they have to file statewide by Feb. 9 — in five months, and that is not far off. Keep in mind there is also more lead time these days to help military personnel cast ballots overseas.

Which is why formal campaign literature is already flying around, and some candidates, which not formally qualified yet, have already been posting online about their candidacies.

Active candidates have included Walker County Superintendent of Education Jason Adkins, superintendent candidates Tanya Guin and Joel Hagood, and sheriff candidates Nick Smith and Steven Shaver. In fact, Hagood was seen campaigning during Jasper’s Fourth of July event; Smith started giving more mentions around in May, noting his campaign Facebook page got 1,000 likes in 72 hours.

Even the Secretary of State’s Office has published online its very useful 2018 State Voter Guide, which I think is good reading to quickly answer many questions on voting procedures. As a result, I would say the election is going full swing. In fact, we are soon going to publish our rules for turned in candidate profiles, including any that would run on the front page, as we are already hearing interest in that.

•I saw a large contingent of women from the Winfield area come eat lunch at Johnny Brusco’s Monday, proving again Marion County folks come often to Jasper to entertain themselves through eating, shopping or whatever. I suspect the traffic will go the other way on Sept. 22-23, when the 43rd Annual Mule Day event will take place in Winfield. Anyone wanting more information may go to www.winfieldcity.org.

•The ribbon cutting for the Twisted Barley Brewing Co. on 19th Street West in downtown Jasper set for Friday at 2 p.m. according to Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

•Lewis also said the Bassmaster Open series Tournament is set for Sept. 28-30, noting that this and another tournament in the spring are supposed to be big. The chamber is already starting to get items from businesses for a welcoming packet that the chamber will give each contestant. Bags, drink holders, pens, candy, coupons and the like is already starting to pile up on tables. Other businesses and organizations who would like to contribute to the welcome bags are asked to submit their items by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

It is interesting to note how the local businesses can contribute to the tournaments. Lewis told me one of the local shoe stores was sponsoring the bags themselves, as bad weather one year caused fishermen to run to the store to get boots.

•For those keeping up with the county’s budget situation, county officials were working on financial figures this week. The next full Walker County Commission meeting will be on Tuesday, as Labor Day is on Monday, with an administrative meeting following. It is expected that State Finance Director Clinton Carter will be coming to talk to local officials today, but it was uncertain Wednesday if that meeting would be opened to the press. If we are not allowed in, we would like a chance later to talk to Carter.

Ed Howell is the news editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He may be reached at 205-221-2840 or james.phillips@mountaineagle.com.