Alabama New South Alliance endorses Biden for President, Billie Jean Young for State School Board (District 5) and many others

Ivan Peebles a Greene County High School student and ANSC Board Member gives greetings at ANSC Luncheon. Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, keynote speaker and Everett West of Birmingham, ANSC Vice President sit at front table.
Billie Jean Young, Candidate for State School Board District 5, speaks at ANSA screening on Saturday.

The ANSA delegates heard from four candidates running for the District 5 State School Board position, which represents 15 counties across the south central part of the state.
Candidates Billie Jean Young, Tanya Smith Chestnut, Joanne Shun and Woodie Pugh addressed the group and answered questions about closing the school achievement gap for Black children, infusing Black history into the school curriculum and increasing resources for public education. Billie Jean Young received the endorsement.
Laura Casey, a Montgomery attorney was endorsed for Chair of the Alabama Public Service Commission over Robert Martin. In her screening, she exhibited a firm grasp of the problem of wresting control of energy policy and pricing from the utility companies, which is the role of the Public Service Commission.
The ANSA also had a spirited screening of candidates for U. S. Congress from around the state and endorsed: District 1 – James Averhart, District 2 – Nathan Mathis, District 3 – Adia Winfrey, District 4 – Rick Neighbors, District 7 – Terri Sewell.
The ANSA also endorsed incumbent Doug Jones for U. S. Senate, although he is not opposed and will not appear on the March 3 primary ballot.
ANSA also urged a ‘No’ vote on Statewide Amendment No. 1 which provides for appointment of the State School Board by the Governor in place of the current system of election by districts.
ANSA chapters around the state will have screenings for county and local candidates over the next two weeks and submit these recommendations to the state office to be included on sample ballots together with the endorsed statewide candidates, to be distributed at the polls for the March 3 primary election.
The Greene County ANSA membership will hold screenings for local candidates running for Revenue Commissioner and School Board seats in Districts 3, 4 and 5, on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM at the Eutaw Activity Center.
After the ANSA endorsement screenings, the group reconvened for a luncheon as the Alabama New South Coalition. The group heard a greeting from Ivan Peeples, a Greene County high school senior and ANSC youth 2nd Vice-President. There were also remarks from William Scott of the U. S. Census Bureau on the importance of a full count for the 2020 Census, which will be held on April 1, 2020.
Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham was the keynote luncheon speaker, who spoke on the importance of voting in the 2020n elections. He said, “We expect there will be disagreements in the March primary but we must come together and vote together in the November 3 General Election, to change the direction of this country.”
Woodfin stressed, “ The Democratic Party is the party of hope for people. The other side embraces fear and supports disunity. We must come together in November to use our ballots to change America and Alabama for the better.”
Persons interested in joining and leaning more about ANSC, may contact Shelley Fearson at the ANSC State Office in Montgomery at 334-262-0932; or Carol Zippert, Greene County ANSC at 205-372-0525.
Meeting in Montgomery on Saturday, February 1, more than 150 delegates to the Alabama New South Alliance (ANSA), a sister political organization of the Alabama New South Coalition (ANSC), made endorsements of candidates running in the March 3, 2020 primary.
ANSA members heard from candidates and asked them questions as part of the endorsement process.
Representatives of Presidential candidates: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Michael Bloomberg were present and participated in the screening. Former Vice President Joe Biden received the ANSA endorsement.

Alabama New South Alliance (ANSA) endorses statewide candidates: Walt Maddox for Governor and Joe Siegelman for Attorney General

 

Shown above: Walt Maddox, Joe Siegelman  and ANSC members engage in fellowship program, sharing talents of song, poetry, stories and jokes, Friday evening, prior to convention. ANSC members gathered for the organization’s Spring Membership Convention, held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Maggie Street Dream Center in Montgomery, AL.

Hundreds of members from Alabama New South Alliance (ANSA), the political organization involving many members of the Alabama New South Coalition, gathered on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Maggie Street Dream Center in Montgomery, Alabama, for the Spring Endorsement Convention. After hearing from statewide, congressional, legislative, and multi-county candidates, ANSA endorsed candidates for the June 5, 2018 Primary Election.

For the Democratic Primary Election for Governor, ANSA delegates heard from Sue Bell Cobb, James Fields and Walt Maddox. ANSA endorsed Walt Maddox for Governor. Maddox promised to expand Medicaid for working poor people on his first day in office.
For the Democratic Primary Election for Attorney General, ANSA delegates heard from Chris Christie and Joe Siegelman. ANSA endorsed Joe Siegelman for Attorney General.
The full list of candidates endorsed on Saturday by the Alabama New South Alliance are as follows:

Walt Maddox
for Governor

Joe Siegelman
for Attorney General

Bob Vance for
Alabama Supreme Court
Chief Justice

Will Sellers for
Alabama Supreme Court,
Associate Justice Place 3

Donna Wesson Smalley for Alabama Supreme Court, Associate Justice Place 4

U.S. Congress, District 1
– Robert Kennedy, Jr.

U.S. Congress, District 2
– Tabitha Isner and
–Audri Scott Williams
Dual Endorsement

U.S. Congress, District 3
– Endorsement Pending

U.S. Congress, District 4
– Lee Auman

Other Races:

State Senate District 23 – Malika Sanders-Fortier

State House District 69 – Rep. Kevin Lawrence

State Board of
Education District 8
– Jessica Fortune Barker

State Democratic
Executive Committee, 70
– Eva Prewitt

State Democratic
Executive Committee, 71
– John Zippert

The 3rd Congressional District did not complete its endorsement and will be meeting within the next 10 days to complete its work.
Under ANSA bylaws, all candidates whose seats are completely within one county are endorsed by local chapters of ANSA and not at the Statewide Convention. Those candidates made remarks to the full convention on Saturday, however, and will meet with the local chapters in next couple of weeks for the formal endorsement process.

For more information contact: Shelley Fearson at alabamanewsouth@aol.com or Gus Townes at gus.townes@gmail.com

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.