A “Meet Your Legislators Night” highlighting proposed actions of the 2019 legislative session is planned for Feb. 4, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa. Co-sponsors are the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the University of Alabama Retirees Association (TUARA).

A forum to introduce the candidates for the Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge, Tuscaloosa County Tax Assessor, and Tuscaloosa County Circuit Clerk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Quick note: Before we get started, thank you for all the positive feedback on last month’s article regarding the importance of turn lanes being included on major highways. Discrimination in any form is bad and will not be tolerated, including bias toward turn lanes. #savetheturnlanes

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox defeated former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb to win the Democratic nomination for governor. Maddox will face off against incumbent Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who easily bested her opponents to secure her party’s nomination.

The following is Mayor Walt Maddox’s 2017 Inauguration Address, delivered on May 22 at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

Mayor Walt Maddox 
Monday, May 22, 2017 
Tuscaloosa River Market 

In October 2001, I remember standing on the stairs inside City Hall waiting for the inaugural procession to begin, and thinking about what would the future would hold. 

Nearly 16 years later, I can still feel the excitement, energy and anxiousness that comes with taking an oath to serve your community.  

Area residents turned out at the polls on Tuesday, March 7, to decide several key government races and seats on the Tuscaloosa City School Board.

Unofficial results are in (results won’t be official until canvassing on March 14), and these are the winners in each race – or those headed into a runoff on April 18.

More than 90 members of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama traveled to the State Capitol February 21 and 22 for the Montgomery Drive-In, an annual event which allows a unique level of access to legislators and state officials.

Day One began at the Alabama Department of Archives and History with a panel discussion on education featuring Representative Bill Poole, Chair of the House Ways and Means Education Committee; Representative Terri Collins, Chair of the House Education Policy Committee; and Department of Education Superintendent Michael Sentance.

A forum to introduce the candidates for the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education is planned for Monday, Feb. 27, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa. This event will be held at the Tuscaloosa Rivermarket on Jack Warner Parkway from 6:15-8:30. The public is invited to attend.

A forum to introduce the candidates for the Tuscaloosa Mayor and City Council is planned for Feb. 23, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa.  This event will be held at the Tuscaloosa Rivermarket on Jack Warner Parkway from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

"The forum for the upcoming election gives the public an opportunity to hear candidates for contested seats in the race for Tuscaloosa City Council and for Mayor to speak and to participate in a question and answer forum," said Shari Augins, spokesperson for the League of Women Voters.

Candidates for Mayor will be featured from 6:30-7:15 p.m., and those for City Council districts 1, 2, 5 and 6 will be presented from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Each candidate will be given a one-minute opening statement. Afterward, the LWV moderator will ask each candidate prepared questions, allowing two minutes to respond. Written questions from the audience will be taken if time permits.

The following candidates for the Tuscaloosa City Council have been invited to attend the forum:  Willie C. Gordon and Phyllis Wade Odom from District 1; Raevan Howard and Harrison ‘Mailman’ Taylor from District 2; Kip Tyner and Brett LaFerrera from District 5, and Eddie Pugh and Alan ‘AJ’ Johnson from District 6.

Candidates for Mayor include Walter Maddox and Stepfon ‘Step’ Lewis.

The League has a strict policy of not allowing political signs, buttons, flyers or other forms on electioneering within the forum venue.

The League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, is a nonpartisan organization committed to the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Open to both men and women, the LWV does not support political parties or candidates. This forum is funded in part by a grant from the League of Women Voters of Alabama Education Fund.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa announces a candidate forum which will be held before the Northport election.

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