This is a huge election year for the greater Huntsville area with a significant number of incumbents choosing not to seek reelection. This means many new faces in local government, so it is incredibly important that voters pay close attention to these elections and choose candidates who will work to stimulate economic development, improve public education, and collaborate to more efficiently manage our area’s resources.
The Committee of 100 strives to increase civic engagement and encourage political action among residents of the greater Huntsville area. Below are some resources for the 2012 local elections:
Madison County Board of Registrars: 256-532-3510
March 13 Primary Elections
April 24 Run-off Elections
November 6 General Elections
Madison County Commission, all 7 districts including Chairman
County Board of Education, Districts 1 and 2
(Rich McAdams and Kenny Johnson, incumbents)
Federal offices: President and U.S. Congress
State offices: 5 seats on Alabama Supreme Court, Public Service Commission President, 6 appellate court judges, 6 county district and circuit court judges
July 17 Qualifying Deadline
August 28 Election Day
October 9 Runoff Elections
Mayor of Huntsville
Huntsville City Council and Board of Education, District 1
Huntsville City Council and Board of Education, District 5
Mayor of Madison
Madison City Council, all 7 districts
The Committee strongly supported the renewal of the 6.5 mil property tax on the August 28 City of Huntsville ballot to ensure the Huntsville City School System has the resources to prepare students for entering the workforce and competing on a global scale to bring industry and jobs to our area. This is not a new tax, but a renewal of a tax that began in 1956. Thank you to the Huntsville citizens who voted for the renewal and cast a vote in favor of quality public education.
BizPac, the political action committee of the Committee of 100, interviews candidates for Huntsville Mayor, City Council and Board of Education; Madison Mayor and City Council; the Madison County Commission and Madison County Superintendent each election cycle and makes recommendations for endorsements and contributions to the Committee of 100 membership for approval. We give money to candidates who are qualified and progressive team players, and consider strongly those with a business background. We continue to work closely with these leaders after the elections to discuss business-related issues and offer assistance in developing cooperative solutions to community problems.
The Committee of 100 partnered with WHNT-TV19, Leadership Huntsville-Madison County, and The Huntsville Times to host the Huntsville and Madison mayoral candidates in a debate on August 14 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The debate aired live on WHNT-TV19 and is available to view on whnt.com. The partners hosted a watch party at Monaco Pictures, Bridge Street, including a 5:30 p.m. Pre-Reception at Monaco with extended happy hour specials a Post Debate Reception from 8 until 9 p.m. with the candidates. Similar to the 2008 debate watch party, we had a diverse crowd of almost 400 people and engaging questions by watch party attendees as well as at home viewers via Twitter and email. The Committee of 100 is proud to have hosted another event to help engage Huntsville area voters and encourage more political action on the local level.