Candidates meet the community at poltical rally, open to everyone

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A dedicated community member held a political rally Saturday, a chance for those on the November ballot to meet with voters.

Organizer Jerry Burnet said invided candidates in the running for multiple different positions here in North Alabama.

"My effort is to bring exposure to all of the candidates," Burnet said. "I want the community to know what candidate is running and who is representing that district. And the only way I know to do that is to have rallies like this."

The heat, however, may have kept most candidates inside. Just a handful of those vying for votes met with the people of Madison County.

Those candidates who came to the rally spent the morning meeting with the people who they hope will vote for them this election season.

Burnet said turn out last time was standing room only. He invited almost all the candidates running for North Alabama this time around, but it wasn't the crowd he expected.

"Only a few of them showed up," he said. "So, that tells me that the ones who did not show up, they think that they can win the election without people in this area's vote. Either that or they don't care about representing the district."

It was a chance to get to know the individuals on the November ballot, and maybe even meet some unfamiliar faces.

Among those who came were: Alabama House Representative District 21, Terry Jones;  Alabama House Representative District 19, Laura Hall; Madison County Tax Collector, Lynda Hall and Drew Mckay;  Madison County Tax Assessor, Patrick Douglass; Madison County Sherriff, Tim Clardy; and newcomer Bryan Bennett who is running for the Senate in District 7.

For those who attended, the meeting was a success.

However, candidates will have another chance to attend a community rally. Burnett said other community organizers are planning one for Septemer at Oakwood University.