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The Political Wrap
Tanner on sidelines officially; Foster for DA?; Open Secret; Erwin HQ to open;
Young Repubs set meet; Figures' fete set;
By Chip Drago
A quick around-the-horn on area politics.
Not that it's any great surprise, but ex-state Sen. Gary Tanner has officially eliminated himself as a candidate in the state Senate District 35 race this year. Local and state Democratic officials continue to wrack their brains in a quest for someone to challenge GOP incumbent Ben Brooks.
Dems court another D.A. vet?
With the plug pulled on Chris Galanos's brief, though never official, foray into the district attorney's race, Democratic leaders hope to field a contender for an office that has been held by a Mobile County Democrat for more than three decades. Former Clinton administration U.S. Attorney Don Foster acknowledged that he was considering a run.
The Mobile Chapter of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform and the League of Women Voters of Mobile at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 will present "Open Secret: How Alabama’s Citizens Lost Their Voice," a film by Melanie Jeffcoat based on transcripts from the 1901 Alabama Constitutional Convention. The presentation at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, is free and open to the public. An open forum discussion will follow, featuring local political and community leaders. For more information, contact Karlos Finley
at 251-533-2174 or by email.
Erwin to open campaign headquarters
GOP district attorney contender Mark Erwin tentatively plans a grand opening of his campaign headquarters in the Llainfair shopping center on Airport Blvd. (next to the UPS store near Francia's Formalwear) Saturday, March 27. Local GOP figure John Skipper will serve as Erwin headquarters' manager/coordinator.
Erwin will be the guest speaker for a meeting of the Young Republicans Monday night, March 15, at Buck's Pizza at 6 p.m., according to YR leader Josh Woods. Buck's is located on Dauphin Street at Claiborne across from the Cathedral.
If you're happy and you know it ... bottoms up
Supporters will hold a "Happy Hour for RaShawn Figures" at Taste on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Figures is challenging incumbent state Rep. James Buskey in the Democratic primary June 1.