Archive for the ‘Merika Coleman’ Category

>Election news and McCalla news

January 29, 2010

>Election News

Hueytown council person Carole Marks has announced she will seek the seat currently held by Merika Coleman, District 57 in the state house of representatives.
The primary for this election will be held June1.

Marks heads donor relations at Children’s Hospital and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama.

She is also a member and past president of the Bessemer Historical Homeowners Association.


446 acres of farmland near the planned Norfolk Southern intermodal facility are up for sale. The property borders the JeffMet McCalla industrial park and is right there by the hub site, spanning the area from the railroad tracks to Old Tuscaloosa Highway and from Old Tuscaloosa Highway to Interstate 20/59.

Does this indicate that more spin-off development from the hub could be in the future?
Well, only if someone buys it, I guess. The asking price is $20 million, or $45,000 an acre.

Already, nine projects are underway in JeffMet, creating 1,556 jobs, including Posco, a Korean steelmaker. Posco broke ground Thursday on a $19 million facility.

>Election Results

May 13, 2009

>Priscilla Dunn top vote getter in special election.

There will be a runoff between Priscilla Dunn with 2006 votes (33.73%) and Merika Coleman with 1725 votes (29.01%). Congratulations to both Dunn and Coleman.

CW says most of Alexander’s and McAdory’s votes will go to Dunn, and Scott’s votes will split, putting Dunn over the top in the runoff.

The big story is that almost nobody voted. Out of 72,104 registered voters only 5947 people voted. That is a dismal 8.25%.

Here are the unofficial results of the District 19 Election from
Jefferson county web site .

RUN TIME:08:59 PM MAY 12, 2009


PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 86) . . . . . 86 100.00
REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 72,104
BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 5,947
VOTER TURNOUT – TOTAL . . . . . . 8.25

********** (Democrat) **********

LOUISE “LULU” ALEXANDER. . . . . . 332 5.58
MERIKA COLEMAN. . . . . . . . . 1,725 29.01
PRISCILLA DUNN. . . . . . . . . 2,006 33.73
ERIC MAJOR . . . . . . . . . . 364 6.12
LAWRENCE MCADORY . . . . . . . . 503 8.46
NATHAN REED. . . . . . . . . . 123 2.07
RODERICK “ROD” SCOTT. . . . . . . 873 14.68
MADILYN SOUTHERN . . . . . . . . 21 .35

>Seis de Mayo and District 19 Forum Report

May 6, 2009

>Updates at the end of this post.

Los Sombreros es un buen lugar para celebrar Cinco de Mayo.

Pardon my Spanish, but Los Sombreros in Bessemer is a good place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo because the management comes around and pours extra tequila into your frozen margarita.

Yet still, I am up early and able to function at full capacity.

At the forum for Democratic Senate district 19 candidates last night all of the candidates except for Madilyn Southern showed up to spar for votes. Rep. Rod Scott of Fairfield arrived late and only had 2 minutes to present his case. The others gave opening statements and then answered questions from the audience.

I asked a question about the budget passed by the senate yesterday. The budget included $2.8 million for AIDS funding, but $5 million is required to receive matching federal funds under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006 formerly (and still commonly) known as the Ryan White Care Act.

Without the $5 million from the state, we stand to lose millions in money that pays for treatment and saves countless lives. In short, people will die.

I mentioned that the House had passed the same budget, as far as AIDS funding goes.

Both Priscilla Dunn and Merika Coleman were surprised. They indicated that they were not aware, and agreed to the importance of the match. They were surprised that Rep. Patricia Todd had not made them (and other legislators) aware of the urgency regarding this. Other candidates jumped on this, saying the current legislators should have been more informed and they they would have read the legislation and known.

Not necessarily. You might read “2.8 million” but the legislation is not going to say (“this does not meet federal matching standards”).

Anyway, my multiple attempts to get a response from Rep. Todd about this have not been successful. When she does, I will post an update.

In the end, Dunn and Coleman believe that the budget can be adjusted in committee and the funding will be there. All of the candidates stressed the importance of getting matching funds when possible (I could have mentioned the lack of securing matching funds for public transportation by our Jefferson county delegation and local elected officials for years…decades, but we won’t go there).

The Birmingham News reported this

(Eric)Major said he tried to introduce legislation while a representative to stop the
bond swaps, measures he said Coleman and Rep. Priscilla Dunn of Bessemer
Coleman fired back by asking the voters to “Google” her record on
the issue.

I guess what she wanted the voters to be reminded of is Major’s domestic violence charge and his trip to the Supreme Court of Alabama which threw out his $500,000 award for his claim that his civil rights were violated when he was arrested ( here and here).

Back to the AIDS funding.

There is still a final step left to finalize the General Fund budget. A committee of members from the House (Representatives Knight, Page, and Gaston) has to vote to reconcile the Senate’s version of the budget.

Please take a moment to call and email Representative John Knight, Representative Victor Gaston, and Representative Jack Page and let them know that the $2.8 million for AIDS funding needs to be upped to $5 million, and while you are at it, tell them the $700,000 for AIDS Service Organizations needs to be added back as well.

Representative John Knight (334) 242-7660

Representative Victor Gaston (334) 242-7675

Representative Jack Page (334) 242-7742

Update: The house today unanimously rejected the Senate version of the budget for various reasons. Maybe they will fix this problem.

Also, today, a senate committee approved adding sexual orientation to the hate crimes bill. Now to the full senate.

Update: Rep. Todd told me she that Rep. Laura Hall is the primary advocate in the house for AIDS related issues. That makes sense, Hall had a son that died from AIDS and has been an outspoken advocate for AIDS issues over the years. One would think that Dunn and Coleman would have recognized this.