Prepping for Election

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 31, 2008

These are thumbnail sketches of some of the local names that will be on the ballot Tuesday for the primary election for county officials.

Remember, this election is for county officials only. The city elections do not occur until August. You will not see city officials&8217; names on the ballots.

District 1

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Three candidates will vie for this position.

The incumbent is Connel &8220;Big Daddy&8221; Towns Sr, 47. He&8217;s held this seat for nearly eight years.

He is a member of Mt. Olive No. 1 Baptist Church. Towns is married and has two children.

Hosea James Jr., 51,

of Pleasant Hill is running for the first time. He owns James Construction and Mobile Home repair. He helps coach basketball at Southside High.

Hunter Todd, 60, is a lifelong resident of District 1. He is a substitute teacher

in Selma City Schools. He is unmarried and has one child.

District 2

Two candidates will appear on the ballot in this race.

Roy Moore, 62, is the incumbent seeking a fifth term in office.

He is a lifelong resident of Dallas County and resides in Tyler. He is a farmer.

Moore&8217;s emphasis is on improving the county&8217;s infrastructure and attracting industry to the area.

He is married.

Ezekiel Pettway, 47, is a native of Wilcox County and has lived in District 2 of Dallas County for 14 years.

A U.S. Army veteran, Pettway is a full-time minister in at Maggie Street Baptist Church in Montgomery.

Pettway said his emphasis is on honest, open government with communication in the district among the people.

He is married and has two sons.

District 3

Two candidates will appear on the ballot in this race.

Curtis Williams is the incumbent and seeks another term.

Williams was born in Orrville and has lived most of his life in District 3 of Dallas County.

He wants to continue the work he has begun by improving public safety through securing a grant for a tornado shelter, road striping projects and paving.

He is an educator and is married with children.

Darryl Moore, 42, works as a code enforcement officer for the City of Selma. He also is pastor of Second Baptist Church in Selma.

Moore wants to see a strong working relationship between the city and county.

He is married and has children.

District 4

Two candidates will appear on the ballot in this race.

Clifford Hunter is the incumbent and seeks a full elected term on the commission.

Hunter was appointed to the position he holds by Gov. Bob Riley when it became vacant after Kim

Ballard was elected probate judge.

No newcomer to politics, Hunter ran for a county school board seat in 2006 under the Freedom Party banner.

Larry Nickles, who is challenging Hunter for the position, also sought the governor&8217;s appointment when the seat became vacant.

Nickles is a native of Orrville.

His emphasis will be honesty and hard work. Nickles said he is not afraid of hard work.