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7:00 am Pachyderm Club Meeting @ Radisson Hotel
Pachyderm Club Meeting @ Radisson Hotel
Oct 24 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
The monthly meeting of the Pachyderm Club will take place on Friday,  October 24, at 7:00 am at the Radisson Hotel, 8721 Madison Blvd., Madison, AL  35758.  Alabama State Rep. Phil Williams “Phil on Alabama more »
8:00 am Tennessee Valley Republican Club @ The Best Western Plus
Tennessee Valley Republican Club @ The Best Western Plus
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The Tennessee Valley Republican Club meets the 2nd Saturday of each month. The social hour begins at 8:00 AM and the meeting begins at 9:00 AM at The Best Western Plus, 9035 Madison Blvd, Madison, more »
11:00 am Republican Women of Huntsville @ The Ledges
Republican Women of Huntsville @ The Ledges
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Republican Women of Huntsville usually meet the 1st Tuesday of each month.   However, the November meeting will take place on NOVEMBER 11.  Social time begins at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon meeting in more »
7:00 am Madison County Republican Mens Club @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Madison County Republican Mens Club @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Nov 15 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
The Madison County Republican Men’s Club usually meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. The social hour begins at 7:00 AM and breakfast begins at 8:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church on Airport Road more »
7:00 pm Madison Co. Republican Executive... @ Madison County Republican Headquarters
Madison Co. Republican Executive... @ Madison County Republican Headquarters
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Madison County Republican Executive Committee meet the third Monday at the Madison County Republican Headquarters, 806 Governers Drive  in Huntsville.  The meeting is called to order at 7:00 pm.
5:00 pm Madison County Young Republicans @ Baumhower's
Madison County Young Republicans @ Baumhower's
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Madison County Young Republicans meet the third Tuesday of the month at Baumhower’s, 4250 Balmoral Dr SW, Huntsville, AL   35802. Visit their web site at or their Facebook page at: http://
10:00 am Republican Women of Madison @ Best Western - Madison
Republican Women of Madison @ Best Western - Madison
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Republican Women of Madison meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Best Western-Madison, 9035 Madison Blvd., Madison, AL. The social is at 11:00 am and the luncheon begins at 11:30 am.
11:00 am Republican Women of Huntsville @ The Ledges
Republican Women of Huntsville @ The Ledges
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Republican Women of Huntsville usually meet the 1st Tuesday of each month.   However, the November meeting will take place on NOVEMBER 11.  Social time begins at 11:00 a.m. and the luncheon meeting in more »

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Candidate Spotlight: Blake Dorning for Sheriff

Blake Dorning, Madison County Sheriff 

Blake Dorning is the incumbent Sheriff of Madison County, AL. Sheriff Dorning has done a great job serving the citizens of Madison County. Blake is a very personable gentleman who takes a serious approach to his job. In addition to being a great leader, he is well known for his excellent barbecue!

Perhaps the best reason to vote for Blake is his resume (see below). No other candidate will have the qualifications to match Sheriff Blake Dorning.

Blake Dorning for Sheriff

Sheriff Blake Dorning

Born in Huntsville Al.
Three Children Whitney, Meghin, Austin

Madison County Sheriff Department 1983- Present
Duties include:
Jail Operations 1983-1984
Patrol Duties 1984-1988
Crime Scene Investigation 1988-1990

Promoted to Sergeant 1989
Patrol Duties, Crime Scene Duties.

Promoted to Lieutenant 1994
Third Shift Patrol Division
Criminal Investigations Commander 1998

Promoted To Captain 2001
Patrol Division Commander

Sheriff of Madison County January 17, 2003

Specialized Training
National Sheriff’s Institute 2003
Alabama Sheriff’s Academy 2003
F.B.I. National Academy Session 206, 2001
Southern Police Institute

23 Other specialized training schools sponsored by the U.S Department of Justice
Mass Media
Hostage/ Crisis Negotiation
Forensic Sciences
Law Enforcement Management
Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement
Special Weapons and Tactics
School Crisis Management

National Sheriff Association Weapons of Mass Destruction
National Sheriff Association Chaplains Committee
Chaplain Alabama Sheriff’s Association
Board Member MC3 of Madison County
Scout Reach of Madison County Board Member
National Children’s Advocacy Center Board Member
Madison DON’T Board
Leadership Huntsville Madison County Class 17

Graduate Sparkman High School 1980
Undergraduate Studies (UAH – Athens State University)
Criminal Justice Studies (University of Louisville – University of Virginia)

Candidate Spotlight: Ritchie Whorton for State Rep. Dist. 22

Ritchie Whorton for State Representative District 22

Ritchie Whorton

Ritchie Whorton is a lifelong conservative Republican that has been in the Owens Cross Roads community for the majority of his life.  Ritchie  is the co-owner and manager of All Star Pools, Inc., the company he and his business partner founded in 1994.  He is a graduate of New Hope High School and Jacksonville State University.

Following graduation from college, Ritchie managed Sharon Johnston Park in New Market and worked for the YMCA where he developed a passion for working with and improving opportunities for the children in the communities that he served.  In 1994, after working in various small businesses, Ritchie and a partner incorporated All Star Pools, Inc. As a small business, they have shown consistent growth and development for almost 20 years.  Ritchie embraces the challenges of a small-business owner and he has a reputation for standing up for the principles that he believes in.

For the past 30 years, Ritchie has been married to Shirley Spivey Whorton of New Hope. Shirley graduated from the University of Alabama and she is a teacher at Madison County High School in Gurley. Ritchie and Shirley are the proud parents of two daughters, McKenna and Kylee. They love being a part of the communities in which they live and work. The Whorton’s have worshiped at Owens Cross Roads United Methodist Church for 27 years, where Ritchie serves as the Chairperson of the Trustee Committee.  He is a member of the North Alabama and New Covenant Emmaus communities and has served both communities in various positions.

A longtime conservative, Ritchie believes in the value of hard work and perseverance. He is a member of the Madison County Home Builders Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of North Alabama, and the Southeast Madison County Business Association. Outside his professional interests, Ritchie enjoys sports, traveling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Candidate Spotlight: Steve Livingston for State Senate

Steve Livingston

Steve Livingston

A business man in Jackson County for over 30 years, Steve Livingston is the owner and manager of Dicus Oil Company. He is a graduate of Scottsboro High School and the University of Alabama.

Civically, Steve is a member and Past President of the Scottsboro Rotary. He also served as Past President of the Scottsboro-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of Leadership Jackson County. Previously, he served on the Board of the United Way and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.

Today, Steve serves on the Scottsboro Industrial Development Board, Board of Directors of the FNB Bank of Scottsboro, Leadership Alabama Regional Council.

He is a member of First United Methodist Church, and is married to the former Sandra Steele, together they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.


Visit Steve Livingston’s web site at:

Note Date Change: Downtown GOP Women Guest Speaker

The Downtown Republican Women of Huntsville are pleased to announce Scottie Nell Hughes as the Speaker for their November Luncheon

Scottie is the author of ROAR: A New Conservative Woman Speaks Out. Her new book hits stands September 16, 2014. She will have books available for purchase at the luncheon. Scottie currently serves as news director, spokeswoman, and chief contributor for the Tea Party News Network. She also appears on Fox News and other national media weekly.  Ms. Hughes’s website is

The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Huntsville.

You Must RSVP for this event by e-mail ( or on Facebook, as seats are limited. Lunch is $20.00, all inclusive, and will be served at noon. Please plan to pay by cash or check at the door or in advance at:

We look forward to seeing you there.
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Candidate Spotlight: Keith Dye for School Board

Keith Dye for School Board

Keith Dye

Keith Dye is the candidate for Madison County School Board District 3. Keith has been a small business owner for over 35 years in Industrial Distribution. He is the owner/operator of Salty Bottom Angus Farm where he raises angus cattle and hay. He has a bachelors degree in Executive Business Management from Faulkner University.

Keith has been married for 36 years to his wife Jane Sanders, daughter of Vess and Joyce Sanders of Gurley. Keith’s and Jane’s daughter, Katherine is married to Evan Osmer and parents of Keith’s granddaughter Annabelle.

Keith’s Plan for Your Schools:

  • Make Sure Teachers and Administrators Have all the Resources they Need
  • Provide 21st Century Technology for Every Classroom
  • Support Dual Enrollment and Career Tech Training for all Students
  • Partner with Business and Government Leaders to Acquire the Funding Needed for all Programs
  • Create a Capital Plan for Infrastructure and Future Needs
  • Listen to Parents, Teachers and Principals to make sure their issues are Heard and Addressed


Visit Keith Dye’s web site at:


Candidate Spotlight: Cliff Mann for Tax Assessor

Cliff Mann for Tax Assessor

Cliff Mann

Cliff Mann is the candidate for Madison County Tax Assessor. Cliff has been married to his wife Angela for 25 years and they have two children: Rebecca, 21, and Adam, 17. Cliff is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Mayfair Church of Christ. He is also an adjunct professor at Faulkner University, Huntsville Campus where he teaches both Bible related topics and Marriage and Family programs. He is a member of the Alabama and Madison County Cattleman’s Association and a past board member for Habitat for Humanity of Madison County.

Cliff has an extensive knowledge of real estate trends and property market values. He has been a Realtor in the Huntsville area since 1994 and is currently a broker associate with Averbush Realty. He is a past State Director for the Alabama Association of Realtors. He served as the president of the North Alabama Real Estate Information Services in 2003, and president of the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors in 2005. Cliff was also elected REALTOR of the Year by the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors in 2007.

Cliff says, “I am running for Tax Assessor because I want to bring my experience, accountability and leadership to the office and serve the citizens of Madison County. It will be my priority to make doing business with this office as easy, transparent, convenient and accessible as possible. I want to put my conservative values and integrity to work for Madison County.”

Visit Cliff Mann’s web site at:

Candidate Spotlight: Drew McKay for Tax Collector

Drew McKay for License Director

Drew McKay

Drew is a lifelong resident of Madison County. Since childhood Drew has been heavily involved in the community. He participated in baseball, soccer, football, swimming, basketball, golf, and hockey as a young man. Drew has coached youth hockey with the North Alabama Hockey Association for the last thirteen years. Drew attributes his being an active community leader to his mentors and coaches who were such strong positive role models for him from an early age.

Raised in christian home, Drew was instilled at an early age with the strong values that make Madison County such a great place to live.

Drew was raised by two loving parents who came to Huntsville in the early 70s following the opportunity and promise of Redstone Arsenal and Cummings Research Park. Drew’s father, Dennis, was raised on a farm in Belle Rive, Illinois and worked for many years as an electrical engineer with SCI, Teledyne Brown, and Ecotech. Drew’s mother, Debra, came to Huntsville as a girl when her step-father, an Army officer, was transferred to Redstone Arsenal. Debra was born in Maui, Hawaii and as part of a military family lived in many areas, but has lived in the Huntsville over the past 40 years. Debra is a commercial and residential real estate broker.

Drew graduated from Huntsville High School were he was an all-city offensive tackle and guard on the football team. Though Drew excelled on the gridiron, his true love was ice-hockey. Drew played travel ice-hockey with the Huntsville Amateur Hockey Association, and is now a referee and coach. After high school Drew attended Calhoun Community College, where he received his associates degree in Real Estate and and Business Management, then Drew went on to earn his B.A. in Business Administration and Contract Management from Athens State University. Drew is also certified in Procurement.

Drew is a self-employed small business owner and property manager. He is a member of Hillwood Baptist Church, where he proudly serves as a Deacon and also serves on the church’s nominating committee. Drew sits on the Board of Directors of South Huntsville Kwanis Club. Drew is a member of Helion Lodge #1, the Madison County Young Republicans club, the Madison County Republican Men’s club, and the Republican Women of Huntsville.

Core Values Drew will bring to the Tax Collector’s office:

  • Conscientious Steward of the Tax Dollars
  • Courteous Timely Service
  • Total Transparency
  • Advocate for Satellite Office Efficiency


Visit Drew McKay’s web site at:

Candidate Spotlight: David Young for Coroner

David Young for Coroner

David Young

David Young is the Republican candidate for the office of Madison County Coroner. He currently serves as Chief Deputy Coroner of Madison County, is a board member of the Huntsville-Madison County Rescue Squad, and serves on the Meridianville Volunteer Fire Department.

He is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician, certified by the Alabama Fire College as Firefighter II, has been employed with the Alabama State Troopers, holds numerous certifications in FEMA’s National Incident Management System, and has completed a number of death investigation classes.

While serving as Chief Deputy Coroner of Madison County, Young has investigated hundreds of deaths – working with law enforcement agencies and bereaved families.

In a recent interview, he stated, “I want to continue to serve the people of Madison County by continuing to improve the level of service that our citizens receive from the Coroner’s office, and I’m committed to ensuring that the office does not revert back to being operated out of a local funeral home. The rotation system that is currently in place benefits our residents and is not used to bolster a particular funeral home’s business. It would be a step backward to move the Coroner’s office back into a private business.”

Visit David Young’s web site at:

Candidate Spotlight: Debra Kizer for License Director

Debra Kizer for License Director

Debra Kizer

Debra Kizer is the Republican candidate for License Director in Madison County. Debra Kizer was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but has lived in northern Alabama since 1992. She has raised her children in Alabama alongside her high school sweetheart Keith, to whom she has been married for 32 years. A longtime “homeschool mom”, Debra was able to rejoin the workforce fulltime after her children graduated. Since 2008, Debra has worked at the office of the Circuit Clerk Jane Smith at the Madison County courthouse.

While living in Houston, Debra worked for Vinson & Elkins, Texas’ largest law firm, from 1984 to 1992. For the fifteen years following her family’s move to Huntsville, Debra helped manage and operate the motorsports business her husband had established; organizing large-scale events around the country several times a year. In addition to this, Debra met the daily demands of raising and educating three children, including a son with special needs.

Debra is a lifelong Republican. Her affiliation with the party extends back to at least 1976, when she was one of only three students in her high school class to vote for Gerald Ford over Jimmy Carter in a mock election. She is a longtime supporter of Choose Life of North Alabama and a member of Concerned Women for America. She is also an active member at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville. Debra has a strong work ethic and is a firm believer in fully dedicating oneself to their duties. If elected to serve as License Director of Madison County, she will act primarily as a servant of the citizens of Madison County, acting with a dedication to professionalism, respect and efficiency.

Debra is not a career politician in any form. She will serve her position as License Director not as a stepping stone on a political career, but as her daily joy and duty to restore faith in elected officials through accountability, trust and service.

Visit Debra’s campaign web site at

Rep. Jim Patterson BBQ & Music Event!

Come and enjoy BBQ & Music and meet Alabama State Representative
Jim Patterson on Monday, August 25, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at
Tate Farms, 8414 Moores Mill Road, Meridianville, AL 35759
Special guest is Governor Robert Bentley!


Paid for by the Committee to Elect Jim Patterson, P.O. Box 286,
Meridianville, AL 35759