I’ve lived next door to C.K. Huguley for eight years. She, her husband Morrell and their two daughters, Kenya and India, are not just our neighbors, they are our friends.
The one thing that has always impressed me about C.K. is her unwavering dedication to the education of her children. For C.K., everything is a classroom. Her home, her garden and her neighborhood have always been opportunities for teaching her children. We often hear that we need more parents involved in the educational process; C.K. could be the poster child for parental involvement. The results of her dedication would be apparent if you ever had the opportunity to speak with her children. You would encounter two very bright, inquisitive, intelligent and happy little girls.
It seems many people feel the Anniston school system is broken and something has to be done to fix it. I don’t think it’s broken, but it’s obvious that correction is needed. C.K. is on a mission to insure that those corrections are made. That’s why she’s seeking the Ward 3 seat on the Anniston Board of Education.
She will work to insure proficiency in reading, math, science, social studies and English. She will seek out ways to keep kids in school. She will look for opportunities to partner and engage local businesses, colleges and organizations to get involved with the education of our children. For C.K., just the basics of reading, writing and math are not enough. She will seek out new and innovative programs in science, technology, the arts and vocational training. C.K. has a passion for education and the energy and enthusiasm necessary to pursue it.
I urge you to join with me and vote for C.K. Huguley for the Anniston Board of Education.
Jenkins can bring change
Anniston City Council meetings have had a noticeable change in personality over the past few months since Jay Jenkins joined the council. This has been a welcomed change for the residents of Anniston. Most of us have become tired of the third-grade playground behavior to which we have so often been subjected.
As a native son of Anniston, Jay is interested in bringing our fair city back to life and moving in a direction that will make our city a better place for all of our residents. He has the vision, the professional knowledge and experience, and a willingness to work hard for all of Anniston, not just his ward.
Jay Jenkins can continue to make Anniston better as Ward 1 councilman.
Anniston needs Stewart
I’ve been around a lot of political candidates the past few months and I can tell you that the one who is not fitting the typical politician mold is Vaughn Stewart, candidate for mayor of Anniston. He is exactly who he says he is and always has been. His motives are truly transparent.
What first captured my attention is how capable Vaughn is. He has strategically developed plans for strengthening schools, streets and jobs based on first-hand knowledge and backed by years of study. Vaughn’s eye has always been and remains on Anniston and what he can do to help it.
While I admire the capabilities that Vaughn can bring to the city council table, I also admire him for being such a nice person. He always sees the best in everyone and can turn negatives into positives. What a relief it will be to have a positive force down at City Hall.
Come on. Let’s get behind the candidate with the plan, the passion and the personality who can help Anniston flourish. The candidate we need to elect as mayor is Vaughn Stewart.
Dunn will bring out best
We support a man who loves and respects all he comes in contact with. We support a man who never meets a stranger and always has words of encouragement. We support a man who supports us and the community of Anniston. We support our father, Marcus Dunn Sr.
Growing up in our household, we kept our parents consistently busy. There were three unique and outgoing personalities among us, and our parents managed with diligence and challenged to bring the best out of each of us. There’s no surprise that bringing out the best in Anniston is part of our father’s vision to help serve the community.
One of Winston Churchill’s famous quotes depicts one of our father’s quality traits, “Courage is what it takes to stand and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Any person who truly knows our father knows he stands by whatever he believes. Right now more than ever, he believes Anniston has a promising future that can move forward with the help of the community.
On Aug. 28, elect Marcus Dunn Sr. as Ward 4 councilman and serve as the liaison between the community and the council members.
Marcus Jr., Brandon and Blessing Dunn
Russell good for Ward 4
I have known Joel Russell for years and have found that he is an honest, hard-working man who truly cares for the city of Anniston and its residents. Joel was born and raised in Anniston and has been a local business owner for years.
Please consider Joel Russell when casting your vote on Aug. 28 for representative for Anniston City Council, Ward 4.
Stewart has qualifications
There are qualified candidates running for mayor of Anniston, but this beloved city of ours needs he who is the most qualified — Vaughn Stewart. All aspects of his impressive background prove that this leader will use his outstanding abilities to make Anniston a model city, once again.
Sue and John Adcock
Fite will put Anniston first
I have known Arthur Fite for many years. Over the years, I have seen him quickly identify problems and separate the symptoms from the root cause. Simply put, he gets the job done.
He does not let personalities and egos get in his way. He is a skilled communicator with an astute understanding of economics. We need his experience and leadership. I feel the need to urge people to support a strong person that will put Anniston first as councilman in Ward 1.
Harris will help rebuild
Millie Harris is a woman who is making a difference in the world, in our state and in Anniston. She was selected as the outstanding teacher of the world in military schools and spent a year traveling and speaking to teachers around the globe. She knows the possibilities and promise of a good educational system. We are so lucky to have this incredible person in our midst, not only living and enjoying the beauty of our area but offering to serve as a council member for Ward 4.
She has a vision of what can be and wants to organize her offensive team to begin to put that vision in place. Millie recognizes needs beginning with the most humble and defenseless of our community. Over the past few years she has worked purposefully and courageously for the welfare of animals. She is a can-do person, one that accomplishes what she sets out to do.
All she is asking of you is to vote for her on election day, Aug. 28, and to follow her lead to recreate Annie’s town, a part of the Longleaf region, into an archetypal small town, a walking and biking town with a passion for education and adventure. Millie Harris will help us rebuild our community pride.
Stewart can lead forward
It has been my pleasure to know Vaughn Stewart, candidate for Anniston mayor, for more than 30 years. Throughout this time, I have witnessed him to be a person of integrity, intelligence and compassion. He lives his values and serves as a role model and mentor for numerous youth, my son being one of them. For this, I am most grateful.
Because Anniston is at a crossroads, the upcoming election will play a critical role in determining the path that Anniston will take. I would like to see Anniston take the path that will lead to renewed growth and optimism. Vaughn Stewart knows how to lead us down that path.
Understanding that laying a foundation of educational excellence is paramount toward renewal, Vaughn Stewart will work diligently to build cooperation between the city and the Anniston Board of Education so that excellence is attainable. With a proper educational background, youth will have their best chance of finding employment upon graduation and a lessened likelihood of turning to crime for life sustenance. Having steady jobs available is also paramount to Vaughn’s plan for renewal. He has the contacts, the innovations and the drive to improve job opportunities for those seeking employment.
I am appealing to you who care about Anniston to support Vaughn in his efforts to lead the city forward. Please join me in electing Vaughn Stewart mayor of Anniston, the one who can get it done.
Norton for mayor
I recently graduated from Anniston High School. During my senior year, I shadowed attorney John W. Norton for a full day so I could learn what it is like to be an attorney. Thereafter, Norton included my mother and me as his guests at a very nice event honoring several persons from Calhoun County. My mother and I enjoyed this event very much. Then Norton sat with my mother during my high school graduation exercise.
I can verify that Norton works extremely hard. During my day with him, we went to court in Calhoun and Cleburne counties. He seemed to know everybody in both courthouses and was friendly with everybody. He went out of his way to always introduce me to the people we met.
Although Norton worked very hard, he is also a fun person who obviously enjoys dealing with people and everyone seems to enjoy him. I support John Norton for mayor of Anniston.
Stewart offers hope
Having watched the real estate market plummet and local business deteriorate over a number of years, I have witnessed a declining Anniston. Now that Vaughn Stewart has put his name in the hat for the mayor’s race, I am finally feeling hopeful.
Vaughn Stewart has so many fine qualities that it is hard to limit them here. Words that come to mind without even having to think about it are passion, honorable, strength, ability to communicate, action-oriented and capable. Vaughn is all of these and more. Anniston finally has the opportunity to elect a mayor who cares deeply about Anniston, has the determination to make positive changes, possesses the smarts to develop the plan, is trustworthy and has the fortitude to see things through.
Vaughn is also one who cares deeply about the youth of Anniston. He recognizes that helping youth succeed is beneficial not only for their own sake but for everyone else’s sake, as well. Youth who are engaged in their education and facilitated in following their dreams are more likely to become productive citizens rather than lost individuals following paths of crime or self-destruction. They are important to Vaughn.
Everyone matters to Vaughn. Anniston matters to Vaughn. He will hit the streets running when elected mayor to make this city better for each and every one of us. Vote Vaughn Stewart mayor on Aug. 28.
Welch will improve city
Ann Welch is the real deal. She has no pretense — only the motivation to improve Anniston.
I have worked with Ann in the Altrusa organization for many years. She has done everything from selling thousands of dollars worth of pecans for our scholarship program to hosting membership parties at her shop to attending leadership-training workshops to chairing the organization.
Please join me in voting for Ann Welch for mayor of Anniston.
Stewart a man of integrity
Concerning Anniston’s mayoral race, please permit me to say a few words concerning Vaughn Stewart.
I believe it’s time that Anniston had a man of Stewart’s caliber at the helm of this fine city. Stewart is one man I can honestly say has character and integrity and will stand for righteousness in every area of this vital office.
I have known this man for more than 40 years and I believe Anniston will prosper under his leadership. He is a winner in attitude and is not afraid to tackle the tough issues facing this city today. It is time for Anniston to move forward. Elect Vaughn Stewart, and watch it go.