ANSC elects new state officers

ANSC officers pictured L-R are Sharon Calhoun, Recording Secretary; Alphonzo Morton, III, 1st Vice President; Dr. Roberta Watts, President and Matilda Hamilton, Recording Secretary. Not shown are Rosa Jernigan, 2nd Vice President and John Zippert, Treasurer.

Alabama New South Coalition elected its state officers at the Spring Membership Convention held recently in Montgomery, AL.
Dr. Roberta Watts, Etowah County was selected as statewide president; Alphonzo Morton, III, Greene County, first vice-president; Rosa Jernigan, Bullock County, 2nd Vice President; Sharon Calhoun, Montgomery County, recording secretary; Matilda Hamilton, Tallapoosa County, corresponding secretary and John Zippert, Greene County, treasurer.
Approximately 100 members from across the state participated in the ANSC Membership Convention held at the Maggie Street Dream Center in Montgomery. The program focused on panel presentations addressing concerns on Impacting our Right to Vote; Redistricting; PAC to PAC Transfers, Voter ID, Budget Impact, Education, Health, Justice and other related topics.
The luncheon guest speaker was the Honorable Mark Kennedy, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice and currently Chairperson of the Alabama Democratic Party.
Kennedy stated that we are at a crossroads in Alabama. “We are shifting paradigms from what does not work to what will work.”


ANSC endorses Ron Sparks for Governor and other Democratic candidates for state office


Ron Sparks


At its Fall Endorsement Convention on Saturday September 18, 2010 at the Maggie Street Dream Center in Montgomery, AL, the Alabama New South Coalition (ANSC) endorsed Ron Sparks for Governor as well as other Democratic candidates for statewide offices.

Sparks addressed the group and answered questions from ANSC members as part of the candidate screening process. Sparks thanked the group for endorsing him in the Democratic primary where he defeated Congressman Artur Davis for the Democratic nomination for Governor.


Jim Folsom Jr.



He said, “ANSC – you have already made a difference in this campaign and I hope you will continue working to elect me and other candidates on the Democratic slate who are committed to making a progressive difference in this state.”

Sparks reiterated his support of a statewide lottery with the proceeds going to the education trust fund for pre-K instruction and  college scholarships. He also said he supported  President Obama’s health care reforms and would not oppose Federal funding for health care in the state as his opponent Dr. Robert Bentley is advocating.

Sparks says he supports the return of electronic bingo in the state provided it is regulated and taxed to support the education and Medicaid budgets.

In his closing comments, Sparks said, “If you stand with me – I promise to stand with you as Governor. I will remain true to my roots and promises. I have not changed since 1978 when I started running for office. My deceased grandmother will turn over in her grave if I change my basic philosophy and practices of helping people.”


Miranda Joseph



ANSC also endorsed Jim Folsom, Jr. for Lieutenant Governor which is the office he currently holds; James Anderson for Attorney General; Tom Edwards for Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court; and Glen Zorn for Commissioner of Agriculture.

Other candidates endorsed by ANSC were: Charles Grimsley for State Treasurer, Miranda Joseph for State Auditor, Scott Gilliland for Secretary of State, Susan Parker for Public Service Commission-Place 1 and Jan Cook, Public Service Commission-Place 2. All of these candidates attended Saturday’s convention and were screened and questioned by ANSC members.

ANSC members and political candidates from across the state gathered at the organization’s annual Fall Endorsement Convention held in Montgomery Saturday, September 18, 2010.

Many ANSC members were pleased to see Miranda Joseph, who is the only African-American statewide candidate on the Democratic slate,  running for State Auditor. Ms. Joseph has an MBA and serves as a Certified Internal Auditor (similar to a CPA) which gives her the qualifications and credentials to serve in this position. Joseph said, “I hope to give the citizens of Alabama a more transparent view of how their taxes are being spent and used.” Read more of this post

ANSC to hold Fall Endorsement Convention Sept. 18 in Montgomery

The Alabama New South Coalition (ANSC) is holding its 2010 Fall Membership/Endorsement Convention on Saturday September 18, 2010 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Maggie Street Dream Center, 642 Maggie Street, Montgomery, AL 36105

ANSC  members will hear from statewide, Congressional and some district candidates for the November 2nd general elections. Democratic and Republican candidates for these offices have been invited.

All Statewide and District Candidates who appear in person will be screened by the ANSC members and delegates. Endorsements for the November General Election will be made from among those who appear before the ANSC delegates. The screening consists of a short statement by the candidate and then questions from the ANSC members.

The candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will be given additional opportunities to speak at the convention luncheon.

The theme of the ANSC Convention is the “Power to Choose-United to Win” which supports ANSC’s overall efforts to increase voter registration and participation in this important election. All major statewide offices, including Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, two Public Service Commissioners, two Alabama Supreme Court Justices, and all seats in the State Legislature are up for election.

In addition to the state races, the U. S. Senate seat held by incumbent Richard Shelby and all seven Congressional seats in Alabama are also up for election. There are also local contests for sheriffs, commissioners, school board members and other positions. Read more of this post