The Committee of 100, a local organization of 240 business leaders, announced today its endorsement of Paul Finley for Mayor of Madison in the August 23rd city election.
“Paul Finley did an extraordinary job as Mayor from 2008-2012 in leading the Madison Growth Plan, developing a long-term capital plan, recruiting new retail development, and securing new sales tax revenue for Madison City Schools,” said John Allen, Chair of BizPac, the political action arm of the Committee of 100.
“He also worked collaboratively on road projects with the Huntsville Mayor and Madison County Commission Chair, in addition to uniting the Madison City Council and department heads with a long-term vision and frequent communication,” said Allen.
“Madison thrived under Paul Finley’s leadership before,” added Al Sullivan, chair of the Committee of 100’s Madison Task Force and a BizPac board member. “We believe it is critical the city has a visionary, effective leader in the Mayor’s office again to address a number of major challenges for the future such as school funding, new business development, and long-term financial stability for the city.”
“Mayor Trulock has refused to address these issues with a clear plan and failed to work effectively as a team with the city council ,” Sullivan said. “If this continues, we fear the quality of life in Madison will suffer and, with that, our entire region.”
Since 1996, BizPac has contributed money and support to candidates for local offices, including Huntsville Mayor and City Council, Madison Mayor and City Council, Huntsville Board of Education, the Madison County Commission, and Madison County Schools Superintendent and Madison County Board of Education.
As part of its mission to encourage civic engagement in local politics, the Committee of 100 also sponsored Rock the Vote 2016 on February 9th for young professionals. This event attracted a large crowd of more than 700 attendees including 45 candidates. About 200 young professionals registered to vote and more than 100 updated voter information at various Rock the Vote events that week.
The Committee of 100’s mission is to serve as a catalyst in stimulating Huntsville-area economic development by working with community partners to develop cooperative solutions. BizPac identifies, develops and encourages visionary, business-oriented candidates with a commitment to cooperative government to run for local public office, and supports them as they serve the community.