News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2005


Susan Parker a good fit for state Democratic Party

State Democrats need to put a people person who also understand politics in as their next party chairman.

Susan Parker, a Morgan County native, retired college administrator from Athens State University and former state auditor, fits that description.

Democrats should give serious consideration to asking Mrs. Parker, now an Elk River resident with her husband Paul, to lead the revival of the party that once ruled Alabama politics.

She could have been re-elected auditor in 2002 but chose to take on powerful incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile. In doing so, she not only got 41 percent of the votes but established herself with national party leaders. In state, she and Mr. Parker, who served four terms in the Legislature from Hartselle, know about every member of local county executive committees.

She's leading in a Democratic Web site poll of potential candidates to succeed another Morgan County native, Redding Pitt.

There's a reason why. People know her, like her and respect her.

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