New Age Candidate Forum
LWVGB went Internet live with al.com and the Birmingham City
Elections. Due to our reputation for being fair and
definitely non-partisan we were chosen to extend invitations to
candidates and review material posted for an Internet candidate
forum. Like DNET, (national LWV’s online activity
for election information and communication with candidates),
site allowed candidates to post information on their experience and
qualifications. Candidates were also encouraged to
add a statement of intent or goals for the office.
Citizens submitted questions and candidates posted their
responses. Though not all incumbents submitted information,
at least one candidate in most of the district races did.
Some candidates submitted just a link to their web site, some submitted
biographical information, statements of issues and answered questions.
Questions submitted appeared thoughtful, in this writer’s
mind. They included issues of
- Road/street paving
- Domed stadium
- Filling positions on boards (e.g. Airport authority)
- Robust city-wide recycling program
- Economic development in general and in the I-65
interchange area with
- “Blended” form of municipal
district and at large representation
- Representation of citizens in other districts
- Flood zone
- Expanded public transit
- Family friendly business in areas of crime and loss
- Abandoned houses, high grass, litter
Thanks to Sarah McDonald, Yvonne Brakefield, Betty Warnock, Paulette
Rowe, Jean Johnson, Nancy Ekberg and Cissy Bennett for helping with
various aspects of the project.
How are elections handled? Do they comply with
HAVA? Are the rules applied in the same way in Jefferson
County and Shelby County? How do HAVA rule applications in
Alabama compare with the way the rules are applied in Wisconsin,
Georgia, Oregon, etc.?
These are some issues that Voters Service will be addressing in the
near future. Help us find the answers! Just send an
email to Virginia Randolph email@example.com
or call 699-5582 to
volunteer. We will hold a planning session in November
(probably on a Saturday morning for about 1 hour).
We will share the results of this inquiry at our April membership