Political Update: D7

By on 21 February, 2011 in Government, Kate and Stephen, Legal Issues with 5 Comments

Important dates for the election

Well, the final days of the race to replace Martha Roby are upon us. As you (hopefully) know, we at Midtown Montgomery Living have been tracking the city council special election to fill the District 7 slot left vacant when Roby was elected to Congress back in November. The election is March 8 and, if needed (and it probably will be), the run-off will be April 19.

The D7 election, much like the recent race to fill the seat of Willie Cook (who represented District 6 and died last July), is a rather crowded one. Eight citizens stepped forward to throw their hats into the ring, and as of this writing, seven remain. Kitchener Harding has dropped out, but it’s hard to pick clear front-runners among the remaining crew. And that’s to be expected in city council elections. Since endorsements are few and far between (and Roby has said she’s not supporting any of the candidates), you might as well make guesses about who’s in the lead based on the number of yard signs.

Still, we at MML have been excited by the responsiveness of some of the candidates in responding to our questions about the issues facing the district. You can see all of the ones we have thus far here. We’re hoping to round out the remaining candidates shortly.

To cast a more informed vote, consider attending the candidate forum at Church of the Ascension this coming Thursday, February 24th. The address is 315 Clanton Street (corner of Clanton  and S. McDonough). The meeting will be in the Ascension Hall at the far north end of the complex. Enter in the McDonough St. entrance.

The forum will begin at 6:30, and is a a joint effort of the South Hull, Cloverdale, Cloverdale-Idlewild, Garden District and Edgewood communities. We’ve been told that the forum will last about an hour and a half. Each candidate will get a chance to make a five minute introductory speech. The bulk of the forum will be opened up to questions from the floor.

Not sure if you live in District 7? Here’s a map of the district. District 7 is the big tan one in the middle of the map, although we’ll concede that the map isn’t that great since the street names aren’t well marked. The city has a better one here that can be downloaded as a PDF.

Here’s to democracy!

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with a cat, a dog, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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  1. Jay Croft says:

    Wish I had more notice for this event. Why has it been “under wraps” until practically the last minute?

  2. Stephen says:

    Jay, are you suggesting with some oh-so-subtle sarcasm that MML has been over-killing the news coverage of the D7 city council elections?

  3. Jay Croft says:

    Quite the contrary. I would like to attend but I do wish there had been more notice. In all fairness, I haven’t seen any announcement in the newspaper either.

    I really appreciate this blog. Fear not!

    • Sandra Nickel says:

      Jay, the District 7 candidte forum was announced repeatedly via emails from each neighborhood association. Are you not on the Old Cloverdale email list?

  4. Jay Croft says:

    Nope. I’ve told you privately why I’m not.

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