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Alabama NAACP pushes back on Madison city manager proposal

The change would leave the Madison mayor as essentially an at-large city councilman.

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The Alabama NAACP will hold a press conference on Wednesday in Madison to warn against the city’s efforts to reduce the number of city council districts and switch to a city manager form of governance. 

Madison residents will vote on the measure next Tuesday, and could establish a system in which the mayor becomes primarily a symbolic position. A city manager would be hired by the council – not elected by voters – to run the day-to-day operations of the city and the mayor would basically become an at-large city councilperson. 

“The purpose (of the press conference) is to address the grave concerns regarding the proposal … to reduce the representation and rights of citizens by eliminating one council district and by installing a council-city manager form of government,” said Limestone NAACP second VP Hanu Karlapalem in a statement. 

The NAACP and other groups believe the decision would weaken the voters’ input, because it would remove a city council district. 

The move to a city manager would also require the city – Alabama’s 10th largest, and one of its fastest-growing – to undergo reapportionment and draw new city council districts. 

Wednesday’s press conference is at 10 a.m. at Home Place Park.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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