Bill Hightower, candidate for Congress in Alabama’s open First Congressional District, announced today that Jon Harris will serve as his campaign manager.
Bill Hightower said: “Jon has been a critical part of our campaign from day-one and he has proven that he has the skills, experience, and commitment to lead our campaign as we enter the heat of the Republican primary season. Jon cut his teeth under Senator Shelby and Congressman Aderholt, and his work with the Republican Party of Alabama as their south Alabama field director makes him uniquely qualified to lead our campaign efforts.”
Jon Harris said: “I am proud to join Team Hightower. Bill Hightower has been a strong, trusted conservative voice as a community leader, as one of the most conservative state Senators in Montgomery, and he will be the conservative leader south Alabama can count on in Congress. I have known Bill and his entire family for years and I can attest to his commitment to conservative principles, passion for fighting for coastal Alabama, and strong Christian values. Bill Hightower is the leader the first congressional district can count on and I am excited to be a part of his campaign to bring Alabama values to Washington, DC.”
Jon Harris began his career on the campaign staff of Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL, and congressional staff of Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-AL. Jon would go on to serve as the regional field director for Alabama Republican Party, directing the party’s field operations in south Alabama – with a focus on the First Congressional District. Jon would go on to serve as a field director for the Republican National Committee in Indiana, helping them win one of the nation’s most hotly contest U.S. Senate races.
Alabama Republicans will hold summer meeting August 1
The Alabama Republican Party announced Tuesday that the state executive committee will meet on Saturday, August 1.
The Alabama Republican Party Summer Meeting is scheduled to be at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, AL 35173.
“We will be meeting in person and will be following all social distancing guidelines as applicable at the meeting time,” wrote Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan. “As the guidelines change, the ALGOP will plan accordingly for a safe, in person business meeting. The civic center can accommodate the social distancing guidelines with some alternations. However, as of today, special event buildings are closed. We will look for a backup place in case we need one. For now, our meeting is booked at the Trussville Civic Center.”
“Because of the guidelines that require distancing and not knowing what the future brings, the luncheon fundraiser we had scheduled prior to our meeting will be postponed,” Lathan explained. “Seating for 8-10 people at a table is not conducive for now- hopefully this will change sooner than later. It takes us months to prepare for 500 at our dinners, luncheons and meetings. The virus situation has hijacked many of our choices. Stay tuned for information about an exciting event later in the fall.”
Lathan said that, “The guidelines are fluid and our plan will need to adjust accordingly.”
“Please be assured that our team will be focused on having a safe and efficient Summer Meeting on August 1.”
Re-electing Donald Trump and defeating Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones are the focuses of the Alabama Republican Party. Tommy Tuberville and Jeff Sessions are in the July 14 Republican Primary runoff seeking that nomination.
The Alabama Republican Party holds six of the state’s seven congressional seats. They are not challenging incumbent Terri Sewell, D-Selma.
Republican incumbents Mo Brooks of Huntsville and Gary Palmer of Hoover do not have Democratic challengers.
Republicans are hoping to re-elect incumbent Congressmen Robert Aderholt and Mike Rogers who face Democratic challengers. The 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts are both vacant.
In CD1 Bill Hightower faces Jerry Carl in the Republican Party primary runoff. In CD2 Barry Moore and Jeff Coleman are seeking the GOP nomination. Both eventual nominees will face Democratic opponents in the fall.
The Alabama Republican Party holds every statewide office. The highest-profile state office on the November ballot is Public Service Commission President where the Alabama Republican Party hopes to re-elect incumbent Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.
Russell Bedsole announces candidacy for House District 49
Russell Bedsole on Tuesday announced his candidacy for Alabama House of Representatives District 49.
Bedsole has 22 years of experience with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. He has also been elected twice by the citizens of Alabaster to represent Ward 5 on the Alabaster City Council.
Bedsole’s campaign said during his time of service, Alabaster has benefited from positive economic growth, a first-class school system and a high quality of life.
Bedsole describes himself as a conservative Christian candidate.
“I believe that life starts at conception, that the 2nd amendment should be protected, that our taxes need to be low and fair, and that our cities and counties need their fair share of infrastructure support,” Bedsole declared.
Bedsole says that he is dedicated to the service of the citizens of District 49 and standing up for conservative values.
Bedsole is the only current public sector employee serving on the current city council, where he has fought to enhance the benefits of Alabaster employees.
Bedsole promised to make District 49 a great place to live for all of its citizens by working to improve District 49’s infrastructure and traffic flow, increase economic development, and advance school systems.
“I have spent many successful years with my family by my side serving my community and demonstrating the type of leadership the people of District 49 will appreciate,” Bedsole stated. “I am patient enough to listen to those who have something to say, but bold enough to speak up for those who feel like they do not have a voice.”
“I humbly ask for your vote on August 4th to allow me to serve District 49,” concluded Bedsole.
Bedsole joins a crowded Republican primary field. James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely, Mimi Penhale, and Donna Strong are also running for the Republican nomination for House District 49.
The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Rep. April Weaver (R-Briarfield) resigned to join the Trump administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.
House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties.
The special primary election for House District 49 will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If a runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The special general election will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Jerry Carl
The Alabama Farmers Federation’s political action committee, FarmPAC, announced Tuesday they have endorsed Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.
“We take pride in being a grassroots organization with local leaders driving the endorsement process,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “After careful consideration, county Federations in southwest Alabama made their recommendation, and I am pleased to announce the Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed Jerry Carl. Alabama’s 1st Congressional district has a rich heritage rooted in agriculture and timber, and Jerry will be a strong advocate from those industries in Washington.”
Carl expressed his appreciation for the federation’s endorsement.
“It is an incredible honor to have the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” Carl said. “With agriculture being our state’s largest industry, our farmers are the backbone of our state and our economy. They represent the hard-working interests of the district that I will fight for in Congress as we work to get our economy back on track. The Federation knows I will fight tirelessly for the president’s agenda and will do what is needed to support the hard-working men and women who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”
Congressional endorsements are recommended by county federations in each district based on the candidates’ positions on key issues impacting farmers and rural Alabama.
Carl is running in the Republican primary runoff against former State Sen. Bill Hightower.
The 1st Congressional District is open because incumbent Rep. Bradley Byrne is not seeking re-election.
The eventual winner of the Republican nomination will face the winner of the Democratic Party primary runoff in the November 3 general election. The Democratic runoff is between Kiani Gardner and James Averhart.
Other candidates in the July 14 runoff races endorsed by the Federation include Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate, Jeff Coleman in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District and incumbent Judge Beth Kellum for Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2.
The Federation encourages voters concerned about casting a vote in person to follow guidance from Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.
“Amid coronavirus concerns, it is important to remember that Alabamians who are concerned about contracting or spreading an illness have the opportunity to avoid the polls on Election Day by casting an absentee ballot,” Merrill said. “Alabamians can access the application online or by visiting or calling their local Absentee Election Manager’s office.”
36 days left to apply for an absentee ballot for primary runoff election
Ahead of the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill reminds Alabama voters that there are 36 days left to apply for an absentee ballot.
In order to protect the safety and well-being of our voters, Merrill encourages those who are concerned about contracting or spreading the coronavirus to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.
Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.
Due to the declared states of emergency, any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual. In the case none of the boxes are appropriate, voters can check the box which reads as follows:
“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”
For the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, June 29, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, July 9, the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager is the close of business Monday, July 13, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, July 13.
Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.
The following video walks voters through applying for an absentee ballot:
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