MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A rally at the headquarters for the Democrats of Madison County featured leaders from the city, school board, and county.
"We have but one objective, and that's to get rid of all this Republican hypocrisy," said Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison.
Celebrating the opening of candidate qualification period, the rally and picnic opened with remarks from two candidates.
"If we stand up in March and in November and put candidates on the map who are true Democrats, I think we will not only turn this state blue, but we'll see American become a better place," said Will Boyd, running against Congressman Mo Brooks.
"I decided to run because I'mm tired of seeing Republicans walk into office unopposed, I decided to run because I'm tired of seeing Democrats run right and get killed in the election," said Ron Crumpton, running against US Senator Richard Shelby.
The hope for the event is to not only introduce local Democrats to upcoming candidates, but also point out the need for new ones.
"We've got 6 county commission seats up for grabs," said Madison County Democrats chair Tom Ryan. "The chairman of county commission, 2 circuit judge judgeships here in Madison County, as well as one district court judgeship and 2 county school board seats, they're all up for reelection."
Laurie McCaulley with Huntsville City Schools and Richard Showers from the city council also spoke to the dozens in attendance, reinforcing the need for voter involvement, while the party at large requests delegates and candidates to get more power for Alabama's democrats.
The Democratic qualifying period ends November 6.