By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The last four years have not been good for Democrats in Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley’s election in 2010 has meant 11 straight years of Republican control of the Alabama Governor’s office. Democrats in the the Alabama Congressional delegation have decreased from three to just one, Rep. Terri Sewell from Selma. Not only did Democrats in the State legislature lose their majorities in both houses of the legislature, the Republicans won super majorities. The Republicans swept all the statewide judicial elections and all the statewide constitutional offices. The Alabama Democratic Party saw a 2013 that was dominated by intra-party feuding, while Republicans continued to make inroads into counties that previously were Democratic party dominated.
Progressives hope that they have hit bottom and are ready to make a comeback in 2014. To that end, the Alabama Voter’s Coalition is hosting a 2014 Leadership Workshop Summit on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn – Mobile West.
Voters will have an opportunity to meet and greet members of the coalition, learn about the “Plan for Victory,” and meet Democratic candidates. The keynote speaker at the event will be Ret. Colonel Shirley Ann Rawls. Colonel Rawls is President of Alabama NOW (National Organization for Women). Rawls served 28 years in the United States Air Force and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 2003.
Former State Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, James Fields, is also a featured speaker and will be available for questions and concerns.
The Alabama Voter’s Coalition describes itself as a democratic, nonprofit coalition and Political Action Committee (PAC) who is not sponsored by any candidate or political campaign. The Alabama Voter’s Coalition supports Democratic candidates and the Democratic party policy and values. They describe themselves as a Democratic minority and independent base, providing political information and education of the political process such as elections, candidates, and legislation in the state. Their continuing mission is to identify key areas in Alabama and reach out to minority and independent voters and engage each of them one by one.
This year’s workshop is themed: “Rock the Vote” and starts at 6 p.m. General admission will cost $8.00 per person.
To learn more or to r.s.v.p. your reservations to the event visit the Alabama Voter’s Coalition website at: