Nov. 6 election - Meet the local candidates

Marion County voters will head back to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to decide who will fill a variety of public positions which are due for re-election. The following  local Democratic, Independent and Republican candidates will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Alabama Senate District 6

Senate District 6
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D: Johnny Mack Morrow, Red Bay

Johnny M. Morrow

A conservative Democrat and a vocal supporter of rural Alabama, public education, school safety and the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, has officially kicked off his campaign for state Senate District 6 and will appear on the ballot in the general election on Nov. 6.
Morrow is a retired educator, devoted husband, a parent and a grandparent.
As the representative for state House District 18, Morrow has consistently voted pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and pro-family values.
"I believe I can take my experience from the House of Representatives and my love for this area and do a better job in District 6 than what is being done now,” said Morrow.
“More than anything, what I hear from people in this district is that they want someone who will bring people together and be a problem solver.”
In the state house, Morrow, along with three Republican lawmakers, co-founded the only bi-partisan organization in the Legislature: The Rural Caucus.
“We founded the caucus to do two things: Put the needs of rural Alabama front and center in the Legislature and bring Democrats and Republicans together to focus on solving problems by working together,” said Morrow.
Since the passing of the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, almost $8 million has been taken from public school systems in Senate District 6. Morrow has fought against the further erosion of funding for our public school system by opposing charter Schools.
“I promise that I will represent the views and wishes of the people of my district as I always have done in the state house,” Morrow said.
“I also vow to be accessible and accountable to the people that make up District 6. I have always been the kind of legislator that voters can reach and talk to. That will not change when I go to the Senate.
“Above all, I will work to bring other people together and put the focus back on solving real problems like improving our schools, creating good paying jobs, the opioid crisis, mental health funding, and rebuilding our roads and bridges.”

R: Larry Stutts, Tuscumbia

Larry Stutts

Four years ago, voters of Northwest Alabama sent a message that they wanted more conservative leadership in Montgomery, and I was honored to earn your trust. Time and again, it has been a privilege to reward your confidence by delivering those desired results.
Our region is in a period of unprecedented prosperity. Unemployment is at an all-time low, and it seems that every day there is news of another business opening and more opportunities emerging for workers.
Beyond the bounty of jobs, I have been honored to serve at the tip of the spear in Montgomery fighting for tax relief. Northwest Alabama families are seeing more money from their paychecks because of historic tax cuts in our state. This is only possible because of the conservative leadership and commitment to a fiscally responsible government that I--and other strong conservatives in Montgomery-- strive to deliver.
It is also an honor to fight for our local needs. As your Senator, I have fought for more money for our students and teachers, funding to repair damages from storms, and additional resources for the Universit of North Alabama. I understand the importance of education, and I am working tirelessly to strengthen our region’s influence and ensure that Northwest Alabama is a priority.
As we all know, the Judeo-Christian values our nation was founded upon are under attack. Our beliefs are mocked, our freedoms diminished, and liberals continue to assault our Constitution. As your State Senator, I am committed to fighting for the unborn, strengthening families, upholding the Constitution, and protecting religious freedom. No one is more committed to defending our Alabama values from the attacks of the Radical Left than me.
This district is my home. I am a farmer, a trusted doctor, and a Christian. Northwest Alabama is part of who I am, and it’s where my wife Jackie and I decided to raise our family. It has been an unbelievable honor to serve, and I humbly ask for the opportunity to continue working to improve our community and the quality of life for you and your family.

Marion County Commission District 2

Commission District 2

I: Jimmy Mills

Jimmy Mills

I am your Independent candidate for District 2 Marion County Commissioner.  
My wife, Michelle, and I have been married for 32 years and have been blessed with two daughters: Samantha and Josh Nunn of Hamilton, who have two children, Indie and Oliver; and Tabitha and Clay Dodd of Tuscaloosa.  
I am an active member of First Baptist Church of Hamilton, where I humbly serve as deacon and associate treasurer.  
I am an active member of the Hamilton Fire Department and an honorary member of the Byrd Volunteer Fire Department.  
I graduated from Hamilton High School in 1983 and have continued my education during my time as Marion County Emergency Management Agency  (EMA) Director to serve the community to the best of my ability.
I have served the public for over 30 years with the last decade as director of the local EMA and  the local Homeland Security point of contact.  
During this time, I have served on several  local and statewide boards, including the Marion County Fire Fighter Association board of directors, secretary-treasurer of the Marion County E911 board, vice president of the North Alabama Association of Emergency Managers and on the board of directors of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.  
This has led me to build relationships as a county representative with mayors and commissioners in our region as well as working with the Alabama County Commission Association (ACCA) on the state level.
While working in these positions I have built relationships with the fire association, law enforcement, forestry, DHR, ALEA, ADPH, ALDOT, the Marion County School System, state government and many local businesses.
This has helped me  bring more than $1 million in funding for our county.
My goal is to invest in our infrastructure and improve our quality of life by growing our established businesses and recruiting new industry.  
I want to bring funding to fix our roads, secure our schools and support our local law enforcement and fire departments.  
I humbly ask for your consideration as District 2 commissioner in the general election on Nov. 6.

R: Kenneth Cochran

Kenneth Cochran

My name is Kenneth Cochran and I am a candidate for Marion County Commission District 2 and I also have worked in District 2 for well over 20 years.
I have been married to my wife, Kandy, for 30 years. We both graduated from Hamilton High School in the Class of 1986 and are both members of Hope Alive Worship.
We have two daughters: Holly (Brad) Duckworth and Brianna Cochran and three grandsons.
I was elected to the Hamilton City Council in Fall 2016 where we oversee a budget of $7 million which is divided among five departments.
I believe my faith in God, 30 years of marriage, 20-plus years employed with District 2 and serving on the Hamilton City Council qualify me to be your next District 2 commissioner.
I ask for your vote on Nov. 6. Thank you.

Marion County Commission District 3

Commission District 3

I: Barry McCarley

Barry McCarley

My name is Barry McCarley, I am running as the Independent candidate for Marion County Commissioner District 3.
My wife, Kim, and I have been married for a year and a half, we enjoy family time and watching my son, Austin, and granddaughter, Ensilee, play sports and cheerleading.
We attend Hodges Convention Freewill Baptist Church. I am currently working for Tiffin Motorhomes Service Center, I have been here four and a half years and work in the Warranty Vendor Return Department.
I have over 12 years of management experience in the manufactured housing industry as an assistant service manager, parts manager and region manager.
I served 10 years in the Alabama National Guard with the 1343rd Engineering Battalion  in Double Springs and with the 877th Engineering Battalion in Winfield and Hamilton.
I graduated Hackleburg High school in 1989 and attended college at Northwest-Shoals Community College and Bevill State Community College.
I have coached youth sports in Hackleburg for 15 years, coaching football, basketball and baseball.
I served on the Hackleburg Town Council as mayor pro-tem and town councilman from 2008-2012 and helped start the Hackleburg Rebuilding Committee which helped secure millions of reconstruction dollars to help rebuild Hackleburg after the devastation of the April 27, 2011, tornado.
I am currently serving on the Hackleburg school tax committee which meets four times per year with both local principals to discuss how the one-cent sales tax money will be spent.
If elected, I will work with the other commissioners and other local, state and federal leaders to secure funding for our county and our district to become the envy of the state.
I humbly ask for your vote for Marion County Commissioner District 3 on Nov. 6.

R: Dale Holt

Dale Holt

Holt attended Phillips High School in Bear Creek, where he was elected the 1980 Phillips High School Senior of the Year. That same year, he also was the state champion in the shot put. He was inducted into the Marion County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Holt attended Northwest Technical College and has participated in other business and time management courses.
Holt has been a singer/songwriter in gospel music for 42 years. He has written several songs which have been performed and recorded by various artists
Holt’s work history includes six years as a warehouse foreman/assistant manager, seven year’s experience as a supervisor and 21 years experience in purchasing/sales.
“My 21 years in working with public relations in purchasing/sales and excellent supervisory skills have laid the foundation for me to be a public servant for the people of District 3,” Holt said.
Holt said that his campaign platform is school safety, which he explained as being a critical issue in today’s world.
“We must choose to be prepared rather than be forced into a plan of action,” Holt said. “We as grandparents and parents should be able to rest assured that our kids and grandkids are safe in the public school setting.”
The Phil Campbell candidate said that one of his first actions if elected is to meet with local, county and state officials on a Safe School Initiative for all of Marion County’s schools.
The county’s roads and rights-of-way are another matter he would take immediate action on.
“We need to get District 3’s roadways in better traveling conditions for safer travel,” Holt noted.
He believes that this will help save the county money as public- and county-owned vehicles would need less repair work, including the county’s school buses.
Lastly, he said that he would make sure that he and other county commissioners were being good stewards of Marion County’s tax revenue

Marion County Probate Judge

I: Mike 'Sac' Davis

Mike 'Sac' Davis

For the past 20 years, I have had the great privileged as serving as the Marion County District 4 Commissioner.
I am a life-long resident of Marion County and a graduate of Winfield City High School, Class of 1972.
 My wife, the former Debbie Webster, and I have five children.
I served 12 years with the county as an operator before running for public office. I ran because I thought I could help people and provide the District 4 area with great services.
I believe I did this with honesty, good stewardship, fairness and a work-horse work ethic.
Now, after 32 years as an employee with the county, I am looking to help the people of Marion County in a different capacity, as the Marion County Probate Judge.
As District 4 Commissioner, I was an overseer and a financial supervisor of my district’s funds. I was able to manage and purchase a large fleet of operating equipment and vehicles with no debt.
District 4 also has the fewest unpaid roads in the county.
I’m no stranger to long work hours and working until the job is done right.
I want to carry this experience and these skills over to serve you as your probate judge.
When you need the probate judge’s services, I want you to be able to see a friendly face and have a good, quick experience.
I truly appreciate you vote and support on Nov. 6.
Vote Mike “Sac” Davis, Independent candidate for Marion County’s probate judge.

R: Paige Nichols Vick

Paige N. Vick

For over 14 years, I have been a prosecutor and a member in good standing with the Alabama State Bar. I have been protecting the citizens of Marion County by enforcing the laws that are in the Code of Alabama.  This position has required me to understand various laws and apply the given facts accordingly.
During this timeframe, I have learned that many people are unaware of all of the functions of the Probate Court. Most people know the administrative responsibilities—issuance of marriage, hunting, and drivers’ licenses and the recording of deeds, to name a few. But fewer people are aware that the probate court has judicial functions as well.
The probate court issues binding legal decisions on litigation such as wills and estates contests, adoptions, appointment of guardians and conservators and mental health commitments.  Many of these types of litigation involve often-complex legal theory and arguments.
During my tenure with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, I have prosecuted various types of crimes. A portion of those prosecutions involve those in our county that are the most vulnerable. Some of these prosecutions involve elder abuse and financial exploitation .
Typically, these type crimes originate with the misuse of Powers of Attorney and the misuse of guardianship authority, to the detriment of the those who are to be protected by those documents.
In addition to those types of cases, a portion of my prosecutions have involved those people suffering from drug abuse and suffering from mental health illness. I have seen the necessity for the careful screening of complaints for mental commitments, along with the aftermath of a lack of mental health treatment.
I believe that my education, my understanding of the Code of Alabama, and my experience in the prosecution of cases that touch on the purview of the Probate Court make me an asset for the citizens of Marion County. If elected, I will remain a dedicated public servant to this county.
Paige Vick is the daughter of Charles and Brenda Nichols. She is married to Scott Vick, all of Hamilton. She has one son, Eli, age 10.

Marion County Coroner

D: Randy Jackson

My name is Randy Jackson and I am running for re-election for Marion County Coroner.
I have been employed at the Hamilton Funeral Home for 51 years. This has been the only job that I have ever had. I have been your elected Marion County Coroner for 34 years.
I am a board certified forensics examiner, a member of the American Board of Forensics Examiners and a member of the Alabama Coroners Association.
The coroner is the oldest elected office in the United States and also I am the oldest elected official in Marion County. To hold this office, the state requires a certain amount of continuing education.
Some of the duties involved for the coroner are to investigate the cause and the manner of death when there is no attending physician or when there is a suspicious death.
I have worked closely with the local district attorney’s office and sheriff, as well as county, state and city officers and also fire departments, hospice organizations and ambulance personnel, which I appreciate very much. Without their help, my job would be very difficult.
On Nov. 6, please remember to vote for the candidate of your choice, whether it be Democrat, Republican or Independent. Your vote counts and is greatly appreciated.

R: Glinda Perry Cochran

Glinda P. Cochran

My name is  Glinda Perry Cochran, I am the Republican candidate for Marion County Coroner.  
I was born and raised in Marion County and I attended  Winfield City  Schools. I was raised in a Christian home with two brothers and two sisters.
We grew up attending Harmony Grove Baptist Church,  we  were taught to always be honest, tell the truth and live by the Golden Rule. I still live by these values that I was taught as a child.
I had one son, Chad Jordan, deceased; one daughter, Amber Waldrop; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
My husband, Alfred, and I are active members of Hope Alive Worship Center. I have lived in Hamilton since 1997.
Since moving to Hamilton, I have been employed at South Ridge Homes, North Mississippi Medical Center and, for last few years, I have been employed at Marion County Funeral Home.
I am office manager, pre-need sales agent and funeral director. This is not just a job, it is a ministry to me. I have a heart for helping people in time of need. This is the reason I decided to run for Marion County Coroner.
The foundation of my campaign is built on honesty, integrity, respect and justice.  I'm for the people, not for economic or political gain.
I want the people to have a choice and the opportunity to make a change for the better. I know what it means to the people to have someone who cares.
Since working at the funeral home, I have seen lots of things and different situations. But some things never change--they need compassion, guidance and someone to let them know they care.
I think the responsibility of coroner should be  carried out  in an effective way while respecting the sensitivities of families.
I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday,  Nov. 6. I am in it to win it and your vote can make that possible.

Marion County Board of Education District 4

D: Willie Joe Hollis

Willie J. Hollis

My family moved to Guin in 1981 and I was employed by 3M Company for 38 years before retiring.
I was born and raised in Lamar County and graduated from Sulligent High School.
My wife, Brenda Smith Hollis, and I have five children, 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
All of our children are graduates of Marion County High School (MCHS) and were all active in either sports or band.
I have also volunteered as a coach at MCHS for more than 20 years.
I pastor/attend Highway 278 Church of God in Guin.
I have served on the Guin Park and Recreation Board for the past 15 years and served as board chairman for 10.
I have not only lived in Guin, but I am an involved citizen of my community.
I want the best for the schools in Guin, teachers, resources, technology and equal opportunities for all students.
If students are failing, for whatever reason, we should be able to come together, not just for our own, but for whoever needs what we have to offer.
For example, if you are a math whiz, super reader, history buff or volunteer, it is always good to give back, not to a chosen few, but all children who just need a simple break to make it.
We all have some talent, a gift, to offer our town. Let’s do it for the children and the community.

R: 'Coach' Don Jones

My name is Coach Don Jones. I am a candidate for the Marion County Board of Education, Place 4. I attended Guin Elementary and MCHS. I spent 35 years as teacher, coach, and bus driver at the same school. I am a financial and social conservative and will do my best for the students in Guin and Marion County. Your vote and support will be appreciated.