Many presidential elections come down to just one state, and often that state will be Florida.

If voters in this country can agree on absolutely nothing else, they can all agree that 2016 is a presidential election year, and that a Talladega native will have a front row seat as an organizer for the Florida Democratic Party.

Tim Ragland says he was offered the position, and accepted it, last month.

“My position with the Florida Democratic Party will give me the knowledge to one day run a successful campaign in Alabama,” he said. “Being a field organizer in the biggest battleground state is preparing me to help Democrats regain control of the Alabama state Legislature and the governor’s mansion through grassroots advocacy and effective legislation.”

Ragland is the son of Teritta (Ivory) Hamilton and Timothy Edison, and the grandson of the late Thomas Ragland Sr. and Geneva Edison. He attends City of Refuge Church and is a graduate of Marion Military Institute.

“I served for eight years in the Army Reserve as a military police officer (and) I currently attend Auburn University at Montgomery,” he said.

He is majoring in political science, with a double minor in music and organizational leadership. He is on the Dean’s List and hopes to attend law school after graduating.

“At AUM, I am actively involved on campus,” he continued. “I am the president pro tempore of the Student Government Association, the executive director of the AUM Chapter of the College Democrats, a member of the NAACP and the River Region Young Democrats.

“Also at AUM, I am the lead diversity advocate for the office of diversity and multicultural affairs. In this position, I helped write AUM’s strategic diversity plan for 2015 through 2018.”

In offering him a paid position within the party, Anne Morgan, chief financial officer of the state party’s compliance division, wrote “We are confident that your knowledge, skills and experience will be among our most valuable assets.”

After the election, “I plan on utilizing these skills that I have developed and will run for mayor of the great city of Talladega in the next election,” Ragland said.