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Twenty-five lawyers seek judicial vacancy;
DA Dixon to address GOP breakfast club;
Commercial Realtors back Stimpson;
Autistic candidate for City Council;

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
​Twenty-five Mobile attorneys have applied to fill an impending vacancy on the Mobile County District Court bench, created by the May 31 retirement of District Judge Charles N. McKnight.

The applicants are:

​Due to an oversight, the committee originally released a list Thursday, Oct. 16 that was incomplete and omitted the names of Pendleton and Parker.

The public is invited to offer comments on these individuals to the Mobile County Judicial Commission through 12 noon Wednesday, May 29.

Communications may be made for or against any individual and such communications will be kept confidential. The Commission will not accept nor consider any communication that is made anonymously. Communication may be made by mail. The following is a list of the members of the Mobile County Judicial Commission:

Judge Charles Graddick, 
205 Government PlazaPost Office Box 1686
Courtroom 8600Mobile, AL 36633
Mobile, AL 36644
W) 251-431-6020
(Fax) 251-431-6030

A. Danner Frazer, 
Post Office Box 1686
Mobile, AL 36633
W) 251-431-6021 
Fax) 251-431-6030

Chris Pringle
4 Prince Anne Road 
Mobile, AL 36608 
(C) 251-604-3347

Judson W. Wells, Sr., 
Retired Alabama District Judge and Attorney at Law Carr Allison
6251 Monroe Street, Suite 200
Daphne, AL 36526
(P) 251-626-9340 
(Fax) 251-626-8928 

Harris Morrissette, 
2 Taylor Place
Mobile, AL 36608

The committee will interview the applicants and whittle the list down to three nominees, one of whom Gov. Robert Bentley will appoint to fill the vacancy.  

Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon will be the guest speaker at the South Alabama Republicans Men’s Club Breakfast is for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at John Word's Captain’s Table Restaurant adjacent to the USS Alabama Battleship Park on the Hwy. 98 Causeway in Mobile.

Ms. Dixon is the first prosecutor in Baldwin County to be selected “Prosecutor of the Year” for the State of Alabama and she received special recognition from law enforcement for her work.

Raised in Baldwin County surrounded by brothers, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, she enjoys riding her four horses and spending time with her children and dogs.

Ladies are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact: George E. Williams, Senior Vice Chairman
Alabama Republican Party, by email, or by phone, (251) 580-3585.

The Escambia County Republican Executive Committee will meet Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Hourglass, 200 St. Joseph St. in Brewton.

The ​Escambia County Young Republicans will meet Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant,  300 E. Church Street in Atmore. Business will include the election of new officers and discussion of the 2014 election cycle.

For more information, call Heath Jackson at (205) 901-1391.

Recent tweet from former Alabama GOP chairman Marty Connors: "There are now THREE certainties in life; death, taxes and Obama,"I'll do everything in my power to make certain this doesn't happen again."

J. Christian Adams, author of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department, will be the guest speaker when the local chapter of the Federalist Society meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, May 21, at Wintzell's Oyster House on Dauphin Street downtown. (Fox News video of Adams.)

Adams founded the Election Law Center in McLean, Virginia. He served in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice where he brought a wide range of election cases to protect racial minorities ranging from vote dilution to redistricting lawsuits. He has also brought cases involving military voting protections and voter intimidation cases, including one against the New Black Panther Party. He litigated the successful Voting Rights Act case of United States vs. Ike Brown, marking the first use of the law to protect a discriminated against white minority. 

Prior to his time at the DOJ, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State and was in private practice in Virginia. 

He is also a contributing columnist covering elections and the Justice Department at Pajamas He has discussed election law issues on Fox News, CNN, NBC, CBS and has published columns regarding election law in the Washington Examiner and Washington Times. He has appeared on over 50 radio talk shows to discuss election issues including on NPR, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Roger Hedgcock. 

He has a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a B.A. in English from West Virginia University. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.

A buffet dinner will be available at $25 per person.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Matt Green at or 251.434-8500. 

The Mobile Commercial Real Estate Exchange Club recently voted to contribute $2,500 to the Sandy Stimpson mayoral campaign.

Stimpson is challenging incumbent Mayor Sam Jones in municipal elections Aug. 27.

Autistic candidate seeks City Council seat ... C. Anderson Romagnano has put out yard signs announcing his candidacy for Mobile City Council, District 4.

Romagnano graduated from McGill Toolen High School, Spring Hill College and attended the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. He is a marketing and advertising professional and once worked for the Mobile County License Commission.

Romagnano could not immediately be contacted to discuss his campaign, but previously posted the following on the internet:

"By announcing my intent to run for the District 4 seat on the Mobile City Council while openly disclosing that I am on the autistic spectrum, I have become the first openly autistic person in Alabama history to campaign for public office.

His platform consists of: 


World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Benjamin Carson, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Baldwin County Republican Party summer dinner which will be held on Friday, June 14, at the Daphne Civic Center.

Dr. Carson was recently selected by a committee composed of members of the House and Senate to be the keynote speaker at the 61st National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Dr. Carson's focus during the speech was identifying the problems our country currently faces and sharing ideas on how to solve them: by working together and exchanging ideas constructively, not through the veil of political correctness.

To purchase event tickets, please call Kathy Morelock at 251-980-6259 or visit the Baldwin County Republican Party website at 

Initially, the party sought to arrange for the stars of Duck Dynasty to headline the event. But the Duck Dynasty representatives ultimately decided for commercial reasons against appearing at venues with a partisan political tilt. They would've cost $15,000. 

Carson's fee is $25,000.

Simpson alerted Baldwin County Republicans that VIP reception tickets to the dinner have sold out. Fewer than 100 tickets remain for the dinner and keynote speech, he said. 

Tickets can be purchased at For more information, Simpson can be contacted at (251) 751-8535.

Mobile mayoral contender Sandy Stimpson plans a Sunday, June 16 "Meet-&-Greet/Family Event for Sandy" from 2-5 p.m. at the Trinity Gardens Amphitheater.

Mobile's Comic Cowboys have called on its members to "get off your horses, dig in your saddlebags and send a contribution" in support of Sandy Stimpson's campaign for mayor of Mobile. The letter that was sent out this week touts Stimpson's qualifications and notes other organizations in Stimpson's camp, including the new car dealers association and a firefighters' union local.

Mark Ivey Sheppard, Vice President for Trade and Development for the Alabama State Port Authority, died Tuesday at his home following a brief illness. He was 61 years old.

"Mark Sheppard’s sudden passing comes as a deep shock to our maritime and international trade community," said James K. Lyons, director and chief executive officer. 

"We are deeply saddened by Mark’s passing. He was a key member of our team and a good friend," Lyons added.

Recruited by the Alabama State Port Authority in February 2005, Sheppard led trade and carrier development for the Port Authority’s intermodal investments. Under his tenure, business and ocean carrier service expanded at the new container terminal despite a global economic recession from 2008 through 2010.

Mark Sheppard’s maritime career spanned over 30 years beginning with a management trainee position for United States Lines, then one of the largest container shipping lines in the world. Sheppard went on to work for a number of companies in the U.S. Gulf, including Hapag-Lloyd, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Ned-Lloyd Lines where he managed direct sales, marketing and integrated logistics.

Sheppard was active in maritime and international organizations and served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, and was Vice Chairman and Chairman-elect for the Alabama Germany Partnership. 

Sheppard was a native of Mobile and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Sheppard, and is survived by his daughter, Jessica Allen Sheppard of Washington, D.C.

Sandy Stimpson, a candidate for mayor in Mobile's city elections Aug. 27, already has his first two days in office planned.​

On the second day, he will head down to the City Council offices, collect the council members and march back to the mayor's office where together they will remove the door from its hinges.

On the first day? That will be dedicated to dance lessons, said Stimpson, alluding to his "Harlem Shake" dance video that created a stir on You Tube. Feedback suggested Mobilians would be more comfortable with a dancing mayor if he was better at it, said Stimpson.

Stimpson remarks were delivered during his kick-off rally Saturday. A lively and diverse crowd of 1,000 or more filled the hall at the fairgrounds in west Mobile.

Among the dignitaries spotted in the gathering were state Reps. Jamie Ison and Randy Davis, City Councilman John Williams, Sheriff Sam Cochran, state GOP vice president George Williams, Mobile County Republican chairperson Terry Lathan, former state Sen. George Callahan and ex-Public Service Commissioner Jim Zeigler.
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