Vernon McCants to challenge Bob Harrison for Madison Co. Commission District 6

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A new man has presented himself to challenge Robert "Bob" Harrison for the Madison County Commission District 6 seat.

Vernon McCants has multiple degrees including a Masters in rehabilitation counseling from Alabama A&M.  He says that degree makes him extra sympathetic to the needs of his friend, a two-time war veteran who lost a leg.

"I got him to join [Bob Harrison's] senior center but it was inadequate for people with disabilities," said the Democratic candidate.

He says his friend cannot access the pool, that the senior center lacks handicapped amenities.

"I went to [Harrison] and explained to him that this is in direct violation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) law. I pulled it up on the computer, showed it to him in black and white," said McCants.

Vernon McCants

Vernon McCants

He says the commissioner showed no concern. McCants filed a complaint with the ADA and he received notice from the Department of Justice that it's being sent to the Department of Interior.

McCants also questions the funding that paid for the center, the contract bidding, and the ethics of charging its members.

"The Richard Showers Center is free but you have to pay to go to the senior center," he explained. "Why is it that our seniors are having to pay for inadequate facilities?"

He says youthful ideas can beat what he calls old politics. If elected, he wants a forensic audit and a transparent budget.

"We don't really know how much money district 6 has, or if it's tied up in the senior center, we have no idea," said McCants.

He says Harrison's apathy pushed him to want change for District 6.