With 28 days to the Aug. 6 primary, candidates are kicking it into high gear hitting the ground as hard as they can to meet all the constituents they can, with the goal of seeing the checkmark by their name on the projector screen at the Montgomery County courthouse on election night.
On the campaign trail this year, candidates have had a few political rallies share their political platforms. Saturday, the Kilmichael Improvement Club and the Montgomery County Democratic Party held their political rally from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The rally was opened by Sammie McCaskill, who welcomed candidates and their families to the rally.
He told about the history of the Kilmichael Community Center and expressed concerns he’d had and wanted candidates to address. The main topics were qualifications, education, and roads. The occasion was given by Al White.
“As a public servant, you are providing a public service which is a service provided by the government to people living with the jurisdiction, either directly or by financing provision of services,” White said. He said a servant should have ten characteristics: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people and building community.
“We might have come over on different ships, but we’re now all in the same boat,” Jay Hughes, a Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, told the crowd. He told those in attendance that he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth and used hard work to achieve his current success.
After which, club member Charlie Lee asked candidates to choose a random number and to answer why they are qualified for the position, characteristics that make them stand out, and then to present their platform.
Montgomery County candidates Monica Turner, Lanelle Martin, Jeff Tompkins, Brad Johnson, Jena Hoover, Ryan Taylor, Willie Townsend, Dianne Hemphill, Jamey Mims, and Ronald White attended the rally along with Hughes, who was the only statewide candidate present.