Barrineau announces candidacy for Linden mayor

Kenneth BarrineauLong time Linden citizen Kenneth Barrineau has announced his candidacy for the office of mayor in Linden. For over 56 years, Barrineau has lived in Linden. His wife is Linden native Joyce Wingate Barrineau. They raised their children Derrick, Dana, and David in Linden. Barrineau graduated from Linden High School. He proudly served in the U. S. Navy, and then worked for Bell South for 30 years. He and his son Derrick have operated their telecommunications business, Your Source Communications, Inc., from Linden for over 16 years. Barrineau is a member of Linden Baptist Church.

“My motivation to seek the mayor’s office is simple: I believe in Linden,” offers Barrineau.  “I believe that Linden should be a town that prospers.  I believe that Linden should be a town that offers a safe and high quality of living. I believe that Linden can be proud of its history and optimistic about its future.  I believe that Linden needs hard work and leadership in City Hall that can take our community to better times.  I believe that Linden’s best days are ahead.”

“In serving as mayor of Linden, my efforts will be focused on working to revitalize our downtown area, attracting businesses to Linden, and ensuring that our city services perform at optimal levels for our citizens,” says Kenneth Barrineau.

“Linden is at a critical junction now.  Our town needs vision and leadership more than ever.  I pledge honest, hard work to our citizens.”

“I encourage voters to share their ideas with me on Facebook: Barrineau For Mayor or email me directly at,” notes Barrineau.  “I thank citizens of Linden for their consideration and support.”

“I believe in Linden,” confirms Barrineau.

Linden city elections will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, 702 7th Avenue East, Linden.  Absentee voting begins on Tuesday, July 26.  The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Aug. 18.  The last day to return a hand-delivered absentee ballot is August 22nd by 5pm.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 22 and received by 12 noon. Any necessary election run-offs will be held on Tuesday, October 4.

Dial announces candidacy for Linden mayor

DialTamika Glover Dial announced her candidacy to run for Mayor of Linden. Tamika is a native of Myrtlewood, Alabama, but has spent her adult life in Linden, Alabama.

Dial has served in various leadership positions throughout her career. She is the President of Marengo County Foster Parent Adoptive Association, which became a 501 (3) C under her leadership.  She also serves as the Girl Scout Troop Leader and Boy Scout Pack Leader. Tamika has written and received numerous of grants for Marengo County children in need.

Dial is a product of Linden City School System. She served a five-year term on the board of education, one while being president of the board.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She is a twice graduate of the University of West Alabama. In 2006, she earned the Master of Science in Continuing Education (Counseling/Psychology); and in 2013, the Education Specialist Degree in Counseling.

Dial has worked in the area of public service for the past 23 years as a social worker, educator, and

entrepreneur.  She is currently employed with Auburn University’s Alabama Cooperative Extension System as a county coordinator in Wilcox County.

Dial believes she can make a difference, if given the opportunity to do so. She is running her campaign based on honesty and integrity. She believes the city has maintained, despite limited resources; but, there is much need for growth and improvement.

Dial’s campaign platform focus areas are 1. Education, 2. Transparency, 3. Accountability, and 4. Workforce Development.

Laney declares candidacy for Demopolis mayor

LaneyJohn Laney has declared his candidacy for Mayor of Demopolis.

“Demopolis is the people’s city. The mayor is a servant of the people leading the city forward. Accomplishing this goal requires an advocate for the people of the city.”

Laney said the city’s mayor “must be active in reaching out to potential economic development clients. In my career in industry, I have dealt with decision makers at all levels. I understand their needs and desires.”

Laney is former plant manager at CEMEX, former chairman of Demopolis Industrial Development Board and now serves as president of the Marengo County Historical Society.

“As mayor, I will work with the city department heads and use my experience, skills and perspective gained from 36 years of being in industries where budgeting and meeting budgets was essential to success,” he continued.

“I believe that for us to move forward as a community we need to have a sense of urgency and accountability. I will be a mayor that provides both.”

He stressed that the city “must have excellent healthcare and educational systems, essential for our quality of life, economic development and for attracting new residents to Demopolis.”

Laney added, “The foundation of any thriving community should include the arts, shopping and recreation. If we want to attract strong companies to the area with better jobs, we must work to enhance and expand these categories.

“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Demopolis,” he said. “I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting citizens and tackling challenges.”

Laney may be contacted through his Twitter account, @JohnL249, or by email,

DECISION 2016: Marengo County polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday

With the 2016 presidential race clearly at the forefront of American politics, Marengo County citizens will get to weigh in for the first time Tuesday.

With Alabama being one of 11 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, Marengo County voters also get to cast their vote for a pair of local races. Those voting Democrat Tuesday will have the opportunity to decide the Marengo County District No. 3 Board of Education seat in a race between Clifton McKnight and Rayvell Smith.

The headlining local race on the ballot is for District Attorney of the 17th Judicial Circuit where incumbent Greg Griggers is defending his post against challenger Barrown Lankster.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Photo of the Day: June 5, 2014


The dry erase board outside the Marengo County Sheriff’s Department shows the final vote tally in the sheriff’s race after Tuesday’s balloting. Incumbent Ben Bates is set to meet Phillip Myers in a runoff July 15.

Sheriff, Revenue Commissioner races on tap in Marengo

Voters across Alabama will head to the polls tomorrow, and two races in Marengo County are sure to grab much attention when returns start to come in Tuesday night.

Marengo County Sheriff candidates, from left, Myers, Johnson, Reese and Bates.

Marengo County Sheriff candidates, from left, Phillip Myers, Tommy Johnson, Tommie Reese and Richard (Ben) Bates.

The sheriff’s race features four men with considerable law enforcement experience – incumbent Richard E. (Ben) Bates, who will seek to hold his office against challengers Tommy Johnson, Phillip Myers and Tommie J. Reese.

In another interesting race, Revenue Commissioner Sharon B. Barkley, who was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley mid-term upon the retirement of long-time Revenue Commissioner Bo McAlpine, faces a challenge from Chuck Barkely.

In other Marengo County races, the District 3 County Commission contest features John Crawford, Jr., Billie Jo Eatmon and Terry W. Hinton, Sr., while Charles Chapman, Arthur J. Hopson and Chester Moore are vying for the Marengo Board of Education, District 4 seat.

Polls in Marengo County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Absentee ballot applications available Friday

Applications for absentee ballots will be available at the Marengo County Circuit Clerk’s office beginning April 18.

The circuit clerk’s office is located on the top floor of the Marengo County Courthouse. May 29 is the last day to apply for absentee ballots for the June 3 primary election.

Those seeking more information are encouraged to contact Kenny Freeman, Absentee Election Manager, at 334-295-2224, 334-295-2219 or 334-295-2220 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Linden HS Student Council Election Results

The Student Council Election Day Assembly was held on September 26, 2012, and after hearing the presidential and vice presidential candidates deliver campaign
speeches and respond to debate questions, LHS students voted to elect their governing body for the 2012-2013 school year.

LHS Student Council Officers (photo by KRISTI JONES, student)

The LHS Student Council officers for 2012-2013 are (seated, l-r) Vice President Jeannettea Taft, Treasurer Lyric Jones, Secretary Erial Taylor; (standing, l-r)Sergeant at Arms Daniel Black, and President Keandra Lewis.

The 13-member Student Council will officially convene for the first time on Wednesday, October 3, to plan their service projects and leadership activities for the 2012-2013 school year.

LHS Student Council Representatives (photo by DANNESHIA HINTON, student)

Linden High School Student Council representatives for
2012-2013 are  (seated, l-r) Jeleel Evans (9th), Dewayne
Charleston, Jr. (10th), Marquell Packer (11th); (standing,
l-r) Adriauna Alston (10th), Kristi Jones (11th),
Shaquinta Jackson (12th), and Felisha Tucker (12th).

Not pictured is JaQuisha Rembert (9th), who was appointed by LHS
principal Dr. Timothy Thurman to fill the vacancy that remained after the
election last week.

Demopolis City Council gets three new faces

The Demopolis City Council will see changes in three of five districts after Tuesday’s municipal election results.

Charles Jones Jr. will be the new representative for District 1 after he took a three-way race in a landslide victory. Jones garnered 249 votes while Robert Shepherd had 101. Grace Clayton Motley finished with 23.

The win is the latest turn in what has been a trying year for Jones and his family after the tragic loss of his son, Charles (Tre) Jones III in April. Tre, a student at the University of Alabama, drowned after falling from a riverboat during a campus gathering. That incident provided a somber backdrop for District 1’s councilman elect Tuesday evening.

“You know, with what happened four and a half months ago, mentally, I wasn’t really ready. But, some people approached me – and I don’t know if it was people who wanted me to get back up on the horse and ride again or people who actually thought I could make a difference,” Jones said of his decision to seek a council seat for the second time after having lost an election in District 2 previously. “Of course, you know, I ran in District 2 and, before Tre’s accident had wholeheartedly planned on running in 2 again. I was approached by people and decided to go for it and make a difference and here I am. Dad was there. He was the Muhammad Ali of city council. I think he did three terms. Here I am starting my political career.”

Jones expressed anticipation for the new council, which will take office later this year. And while he has been through tough times this year, he is confident he has plenty to offer his city.

“I’m not at my best. Somebody sent me a text and said, ‘Hopefully there is still a little fire in you.’ There is a spark,” Jones said. “I’m probably not going to be what I used to be, but I think even on a bad day, I’m worth something.”

While Jones will take over District 1 after incumbent Thomas Moore opted not to seek re-election, D. Harris Nelson won District 3 over two-time incumbent Melvin Yelverton 181-84.

“My thought processes were, if I don’t do it, who else is going to do it. It is a hard, thankless job. I had the feeling that if I don’t at least try, then I can’t be mad at other people that are doing it if I don’t come out and at least try,” Nelson said of his decision to run before congratulating his opponent on a strong campaign. “I congratulate Melvin. He ran a good clean campaign. I appreciate the hard work he has put in the last eight years.”

Nelson, just 30 years old, hopes to bring a renewed energy and fresh perspective to a council that has spent much of the last four years deadlocked.

“I just hope we can get out of deadlock on things,” Nelson said, pointing to the 3-3 split decisions that prevented a great deal of council business from getting done in recent months. “Three-three doesn’t help anybody in the city. Doesn’t matter which side of the three you’re on. We’ve got to be able to come to some kind of consensus on things so we can function.”

Mitchell Congress, the incumbent from District 2, expressed similar thoughts after gaining re-election 256-146 over challenger Nathan Hardy.

“It means a lot to me that people in District 2 trusted me enough to re-elect me. I plan to live up to their expectations as I’ve always tried to do,” Congress said. “Hopefully the gridlock will end with this new administration and we can get the people’s business done. I think the people have spoken very loud and clear that they want the gridlock to end and they want us to get some things done.”

Cleveland Cole Jr. knocked off incumbent Jack Cooley in District 5 by a 301-229 margin. Cole, who could not be reached for comment after the win, will join a new-look council that also returns incumbent Bill Meador, who ran unopposed in District 4.

Grayson gets second term

Demopolis’ incumbent mayor Mike Grayson will get a second term after defeating challenger Don Singleton 1,170-866 Tuesday evening.

“It is outstanding. Not to be corny about it, the thing about this win is this was a team victory,” Grayson said, pointing to the efforts of his wife, Susan, and numerous others during the course of the campaign. “There were so many people involved, whereas in 2008, it was really primarily just Susan, myself and maybe two or three other folks. But there were a lot of people involved in this. It was a great win.”

Grayson took a 67-31 lead when absentee ballots were counted just after 7 p.m. He then moved into the backseat as Singleton outpaced him in Districts 1 and 2.

“We just ran a good race and we ran a good, clean campaign and worked hard. I have good supporters who worked hard for me and it just wasn’t in the numbers today,” Singleton, who became a staple in the gallery of Demopolis City Council meetings during the last four years, said of the loss. “We had an extremely bad turnout. And it wasn’t the weather. The people of Demopolis just don’t vote. They don’t care. And for those of us who do care, we have to pay the price. We needed changes and it didn’t happen.”

While there was no change in the office of mayor, there was a shift in Grayson’s support base in this election versus his previous win in 2008. Grayson lost District 1 by 44 votes this time around and District 2 by just 73. That marks a significant shift from 2008 where Grayson lost District 1 by 150 and District 2 by 204.

“I think people in District 1 and 2 are beginning to feel a little trust. They know that I am out ther, for them. That I am working for the city,” Grayson said. “What I say is not just campaign rhetoric, it’s what I really am. I am not a politician. I am just a regular guy, a citizen that has elected office.”

Grayson won the District 3 vote 132-111 Tuesday. He lacked the overwhelming support from those on the west side of town that he had four years ago, but still carried strong majorities in Districts 4 and 5.

Grayson won District 4 by a margin of 312-136 Tuesday whereas he took it 450-108 in 2008. Grayson’s District 5 win Tuesday was a 350-162 tally while he won that section of town 611-78 in 2008.