2020 Elections

Municipal qualifying starts July 7

If 2020 hasn’t been interesting enough already, preparations for municipal elections are underway.
Local talk in Marion County is already turning to who will--or won’t--run in local municipal elections in 2020. As happens every four years, all positions for mayor, as well as all city or town council seats, are up for election across Marion County.
According to election materials provided by the Alabama League of Municipalities, this year’s municipal election date has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Are you registered to vote?

Don’t be caught unprepared for the Republican Primary runoff election on Thursday, July 14.
Voters have until Monday, June 29, to register to participate in this year’s primary election.
Two Republican races will be on the July 14 runoff ticket: the Alabama Senate race between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville and the race for Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 2 between Beth Kellum and Will Smith.
The winner of the senate runoff will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D).


Delegates explained

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, they are going to be confronted with—depending on the party ballot they choose—a list of decisions to make regarding persons who are not running for a political office, but another important political function.

Sessions reaffirms Trump support, agenda

HAMILTON – Jeff Sessions, who is seeking to regain his old Senate seat in Alabama, says he is supporting the president and his agenda despite President Donald Trump criticizing and pushing Sessions out of his cabinet last year.
The 73-year-old politician from Mobile announced he was running for his old Senate seat on Nov. 7, 2019—the day before qualifying ended. He had served in the position for 20 years before accepting an appointment from President Donald Trump as the U.S. Attorney General in 2017.

Primary absentee ballots now available

HAMILTON – Absentee ballots for the Tuesday, March 3, primary are now in at the Marion County Courthouse, Marion County Circuit Clerk Denise Mixon said.
Election-related deadlines were announced in advance of the primary, which will involve presidential primaries for the two parties, plus a number of state and local elections.
Mixon, who will also serve as the absentee election manager during the primary, said absentee balloting would start today (Wednesday, Jan. 8).

Last Marion County Democrat goes red

The last remaining elected Marion County Democrat, constable Joe Vasquez (left), has qualified as a Republican to run for reelection in the 2020 elections. Also shown is Marion County Republican Party Chairman David Hall.

As qualifying comes to an end, Marion County’s last remaining elected Democrat has switched parties.
According the Marion County Republican Party Chairman David Hall, Marion County Precinct 15 Constable Joe Vasquez, has qualified as a Republican for the 2020 elections.
“The Marion County Republican Executive Committee met Tuesday, Oct. 29, and voted unanimously to allow Joe Vasquez to switch parties,” Hall said.
Commenting on the switch, Marion County Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Cobb said, “I’m very disappointed this happened.


Tuberville: ‘I’m a politician’s worst nightmare’

HAMILTON - U.S. Senate Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville addressed the Marion County Republican Party at J&V’s Ole Smokehouse in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct. 12.
“I want to help, I was never in the military, but I want to give public service,” said Tuberville, addressing the individuals in attendance. “I’ve had a job for 40 years, I’ve been out in the public and I’ve seen where we hurt. Our education is in bad shape, we’re broke as a country and we have huge problems everywhere.”

Election season officially underway

Seven local Republicans have qualified to run in the 2020 elections.
No Democrats have qualified as of presstime on Monday, Oct. 21.
Marion County Republican Party Chairman David Hall told the Journal Record that the following candidates have qualified to run (listed alphabetically):
State Board of Education