MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- Two men, both Republicans, are in the July 15th Runoff to fill the vacant spot in the Marshall County Revenue office. Both Michael Johnson and Don Mitchell say the office is important and needs some one who will give it their full attention.
“Well, I’ve worked in a tax office before and I really enjoy the work,” says Johnson. ” But I also enjoy the way that off integrates with the whole community. It touches every part of our county.”
Mitchell agrees on the impact office can have on a wide range of issues.
“The revenue office is largely overlooked but it’s very important to our county,” Mitchell said. “It’s important to every tax payer, but it’s also important to all the cities, the county, the schools. All the infrastructure, all that money comes through the revenue office.”
Only 10,000 people turned out for the June primary. Less than half of that number is expected to vote in the runoff. Both candidates say it’s challenge to get people the polls, especially in the middle of summer.
“People are on vacation, mission trips,” said Johnson. “People schedule their surgeries. Because they can schedule vacation away from work a little bit easier.”
Mitchell says getting people’s attention and getting them to the polls requires even more work for runoff election.
“That’s why we are trying to meet with a lot of people individually, a lot of advertisements and other things to encourage people that they’ve got an opportunity to move Marshall County forward.”
The office has been vacant since late last year when incumbent Joey Masters resigned after being charged with violating state ethics laws. So far, Governor Bentley has not appointed anyone to fill out the term. The office is currently being run by the state.
There is not a Democrat seeking the position. The winner of the runoff will likely be the next commissioner.