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Alabama Republican director to speak in Decatur

By M.J. Ellington · (334) 262-1104

State Republicans want to raise $4 million, which they say they need to take control of the state Legislature, said a former Decatur resident who directs the Alabama Republican Party.

Executive Director John Ross, a former regional director for U.S. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, in Decatur, will speak about fundraising and other issues to Morgan County Republicans. The breakfast meeting will be Saturday at Tony’s Country Cooking at 2324 Sixth Ave. S.E. The meeting is open to the public.

Alabama’s presidential primary, which will move from June to the first Tuesday in February in 2008, already has helped focus national attention on issues that are important to state voters in both parties, Ross said.

“I get calls all the time from reporters in other states asking what people in Alabama think about the issues,” he said. “Candidates are using Alabama more as a gauge of what people in the South think. That could help set a tone nationally. Everybody knows that you have to have the South to win as a Republican.”

Statewide, the party’s biggest concern is fundraising, particularly toward funds for its 2010 push for control of the Legislature.

Ross said the $4 million mark is an “achievable” goal that would enable the party to help candidates interested in running for the state Legislature. Ross said Republicans may not exceed the Democrats in fundraising, but he believes the amount will be enough to help elect GOP legislative candidates.

Currently Democrats control both the House and the Senate, but they hold a narrow margin in the Senate, where a coalition of conservative Democrats often sides with the Republican minority.

Ross said his talk Saturday will focus on party building, diversity and candidate recruitment strategy and will follow the 7 a.m. breakfast.

Clay Marlow is the Morgan County Republican Party chairman.

Morgan County Republican Club

Where: Tony’s Country Cooking, 2324 Sixth Ave. S.E., Decatur.

When: 7 a.m. breakfast Saturday, meeting to follow.

Who: Open to everyone.

Contact: Clay Marlow at 351-2869.

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