Civic Engagement

 

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Rock the Vote

 

 

Focusing on civic engagement among YPs, the Committee of 100 YP brought Rock the Vote to the Huntsville area in 2008 and hosted the event again in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Attracting a diverse crowd of young professionals and new and incumbent candidates, the event has been hugely successful, culminating in more than 700 attendees and 45 candidates participating in 2016. Young professionals register to vote, learn about their voting districts, and get to know local candidates at this unique and informative event. The new Campus 805 location (former Stone Middle School) offers the perfect location for a fun evening of music, food and beverages, and great door prizes.

Rock the Vote is a national organization focused on empowering young voters to become engaged in the political process. Rock the Vote requires all sanctioned events to be non-partisan, open to the public, and the events cannot endorse any particular candidates or issues. The Committee of 100 YP has been approved to host an official Rock the Vote event each election year since 2008 (the only one in Alabama). Committee of 100 YP remains committed to the ideals Rock the Vote sets forth.

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BizPac

BizPac’s mission is to identify, develop, and encourage visionary business-oriented candidates with a commitment to cooperative government to run for local public office, and support them as they serve the community.

BizPac, the political action committee of the Committee of 100, contributes funds to candidates for Huntsville Mayor, City Council and Board of Education; Madison Mayor and City Council; the Madison County Commission, Madison County Schools Superintendent, and Madison County Board of Education.

BizPac board members interview every candidate for these offices in election years. BizPac makes recommendations for endorsements and contributions to the membership for its approval.

We give money to well-qualified, visionary and team players, and consider strongly those with a business background. We contribute most in those elections where we think we can make a significant difference.

We have sponsored three major ongoing events to bolster local civic engagement. Our Political Training Institute has been offered 9 times to train candidates to successfully run for elected office. We created an Advanced Political Training Institute in 2014 for current elected officials and graduates of the original program.

BizPac also sponsored with our YP members the hugely successful Rock the Vote events in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 for young professionals and candidates, and the Huntsville/Madison Mayoral Debate with WHNT-TV19 in 2008 and 2012. We continue to work closely with these leaders after the elections to discuss business-related issues and offer assistance in developing solutions to community problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Notes:

City of Huntsville and Madison elections are Tuesday, August 23rd. Qualifying opens for candidates on July 12 and closes on July 21.


Contact Details

228 Holmes Avenue NE, Suite 207
Huntsville, AL 35801

P.O. Box 18864
Huntsville, AL 35804

Carol Madry Bell, Executive Director
(256) 651-8712
carolmadrybell@hsvc100.org

Leah Hess, Manager, PR & YP Programs
(256) 203-3987
leah.hess@hsvc100.org

Sarah Oglesby, Manager, Finance and Membership
(256) 665-5704
sarahoglesby@hsvc100.org


© 2015 Huntsville Committee of 100