By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, the Alabama Wheelmen will present a check to Lynn Caffery, the director of the Tennessee Valley Family Services, for the “Race to Stop Human Trafficking” which was organized by Alabama Wheelmen and held on Aug. 12 to 13.
State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, is attending to help bring the spotlight to the problem of Human Trafficking. Holtzclaw is running for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.
On Sept. 7, The Alabama Political Reporter reported that a recent poll showed Brooks besting Holtzclaw among GOP primary voters if the primary were held this August … over nine months before the primary.
Holtzclaw responded to that article: “Not reported in the article? The poll was taken less than ONE WEEK after we entered the race on 22 Aug.”
Holtzclaw wrote, “I’ve received very supportive calls and texts today regarding this article on the early poll. Worth the read but snapshot is incumbent congressman at 56 percent and I’m at 22 percent, undecided at 16 percent, another challenger at 5 percent…again, ONE WEEK since I entered the race. The Primary election is in June of next year, 9 months away. We have some work to do and I look forward to visiting with voters across the 5th District to earn your vote! Thank you for your support! Semper Fi – Bill.”
The location will be Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapy, located at 4240 Balmoral Drive, SW, Huntsville, AL 35801 at 6:30 p.m. The race committee will be on hand to present a check to Lynn Caffery, and she will present information on the problem of human trafficking and the activities of her group and others, such as the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, as they work to stamp out this growing problem in Alabama and beyond.
The money was raised through the financial gifts of their chief sponsors – Smart GMP Solutions, Huntsville Hospital, Banner Defense and Yellowhammer Brewing – and the entry fees of the cyclists.
Alabama Wheelmen is working to prepare for an even bigger event for 2018 again teaming with TVFS.
Alabama Wheelmen Secretary James Dawson wrote: “My bicycle club, which fosters amateur bicycle racing and educates the community about the benefits of cycling, has teamed up with Tennessee Valley Family Services, a charity which helps victims of Human Trafficking.”
Dawson said that human trafficking, “Is a growing problem and we are hoping to make a real difference both by raising funds for TVFS and also by helping raise awareness.”
Human trafficking is a growing problem made worse by the internet, which has made it much easier for human traffickers to find buyers.