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Nieshia Brown elected new St. Clair County Democratic Party chair

Brandon Moseley

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Saturday, St. Clair County Democrats elected a new Executive Committee and new officers. Moody-based counselor Nieshia Brown has been elected as the new chair of the St. Clair County Executive Committee.

“We have an outstanding committee, and I can’t wait to dig in and start working to get Democrats elected not only this year, but in 2020 and beyond,” Brown said in a statement. “We have a lot of work to do, and it’s time to look forward, not backward.”

As chair, Brown will be responsible for certifying candidates and party election results, and for heading efforts to recruit and support candidates in the county.

The county party’s reorganizational meeting occurred in Ashville and was presided over by the Chair Woman of the Alabama Democratic Party, Nancy Worley. Worley was recently re-elected by the Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, brushing back a challenge from Montgomery Attorney Alvin “Peck” Fox.

Worley is a career educator, a former Alabama Secretary of State, and was formerly the President of the Alabama Education Association (AEA). Worley is the first women to be the Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.

The new St. Clair County Executive Committee includes more than 30 St. Clair County Democrats, representing all four county commission districts as required in the county party’s bylaws.

The other officers include:
Tom Ingram- Vice Chairman
Barbara Khajavi- Secretary
Terri Wiggins- Treasurer
Vice Chairman for Seniors- Richard Willert
Vice Chairman for Youth- Katie Thornburg
Vice Chairman for Minority Affairs- Derrick Mostella

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The previous executive committee was supposed to have elections in February and have the new committee certified by St. Clair County Probate Judge Mike Bowling (R). They neglected to do that which is why a reorganizational meeting was held in Ashville on Saturday.

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St. Clair County Democrats are only running one candidate in this year’s county elections and that is for the St. Clair County School Board. In state elections, the do have one State Senate candidate, Moody resident Carl Carter, and two state House candidates, Jared Vaughn and Nicki Arnold-Swindle.

While St. Clair Democrats do not hold any offices in the county now they are hopeful that they will be able to run more candidates in future elections.

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