Grace Atkins Lavender seeks District 5 Commission seat


Grace Atkins

My name is Grace Atkins Lavender, and I am announcing my candidacy for Greene County Commissioner of District 5 in the Primary Election on June 5th, 2018. Being a resident of Greene County my entire life, I have witnessed candidates make promises, share their hopes and visions, only to see them never materialize for the citizens of their respective districts. This leads me to the conclusion that it’s time to put a stop to broken promises and produce plans for visions to become a reality.
I realize that this must be a collaborative effort and I am willing to work with other commissioners, mayors, councilpersons, community and district leaders to see results. Further, I will make myself visible in the community throughout the four years and not only during my campaign bid as commissioner.
My heart goes out to two of the most vulnerable of the community, the youth and elderly. The youth need to be heard and respected because they are our future, and the elderly have the wisdom of the past that can provide insight to make our future brighter. I respect both and will seek ways make both of them instrumental in all decision and plans implemented. As I continue to visit my community my ears and heart will be open to your concerns and make sure it is noted and plans are implement around your concerns. I am asking for your vote on June 5th to be your next representative as County Commissioner of District 5. Together we can turn the tide for a brighter future.
Thank you in advance for your support.

ANSA endorses local candidates in the Democratic primary set for June 5, 2018

The Greene County Chapter of the Alabama New South Alliance (ANSA) met over the past weekend to screen and endorse candidates for the primary election to be held on June 5, 2018.
Candidates for local offices made short presentations to the ANSA members and then answered questions from a screening committee and the general membership.
For Probate Judge, ANSA endorsed Jeremy Rancher in a close contest with Rev. James Carter. Rev. John Kennard and Rashon Smith also appeared to be screened, however neither Rolanda M. Wedgeworth nor Grace Belton Stanford, who were invited, appeared before the group.
For Circuit Clerk, ANSA endorsed Veronica Morton Jones over Debra Blackmon.
For Sheriff, ANSA heard from Lorenzo French and Beverly Spencer, two of the four candidates and endorses Lorenzo French. Incumbent Sheriff Jonathan Benison and Jimmie L. Benison declined the invitation to appear before the group.
For Coroner, ANSA chose to endorse Ronald K. Smith, incumbent Coroner, for the position over Finest Gandy Jr., his opponent.
ANSA heard from most of the candidates for the Greene County Commission and endorsed the following:

• Lester Brown –
District 1
• Tennyson Smith –
District 2
• Elzora Fluker –
District 3
• Allen Turner Jr. –
District 4
•Rashonda Summerville –
District 5

The ANSA members plan to work between now and the election to support this slate of local candidates. On April 21, ANSA will hold its statewide convention in Montgomery to screen and endorse candidates for statewide and multi-county districts to complete its slate of candidates for the June 5, 2018 primary election.