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Three vie for one seat in Tuesday’s special election

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LaFayette is on the
heels of a special elec-
tion. Three local residents
are hoping to find favor
in local voter’s eyes and
become the next repre-
sentative for the residents
of District B and move
LaFayette forward. Each
candidate for the post
brings an impressive
resume to the table with
qualities and characteris-
tics that they will be best
used in improving the
quality of life in LaFay-
ette.
LaFayette voters will
head to the polls on
Tuesday February 12,
2019. Polls will open at
LaFayette City Hall at
7:00 a.m. central time and
remain open until 7:00
p.m. central time. The
election is open only to
eligible voters who reside
in District B of the city
and will be represented by
the new councilperson.
In June of last year for-
mer Councilman Matthew
Hurst announced he would
be resigning from his post
on the city council. Hurst
was elected to the posi-
tion in the 2016 election
and served for nearly two
years as councilman for
District B until the retire-
ment last year.
Following his retire-
ment members of the
LaFayette City Council
sought to find and name
a replacement for Hurst’s
vacated seat but were
unsuccessful in naming an
individual to the seat. In
August, councilmembers
had reached the deadline
to name a candidate on
their own and the respon-
sibility had been turned
over to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.
LaFayette city council
members agreed their best
course of action would be
to request that the Gover-
nor allow the citizens of
LaFayette to select their
next representative and for
her not to name a replace-
ment and to leave it in the
hands of the voters.
The Governor agreed
with the recommendation
and the special election
was announced. Three
local candidates have
qualified for to run for the
District B seat. The three
candidates for the District
B seat are David Ennis,
Charlotte Blasingame,
and Shannon Hunter. All
three of the candidates are
highly active in the city of
LaFayette.
David Ennis is no
stranger to LaFayette poli-
tics and knows the in and
outs of the city. Ennis was
elected mayor of LaFay-
ette and served from 1992
to 1996. Four years later
he made the transition to
city councilman when he
served from 2000 to 2016.
In 2016, Ennis opted not
to return to politics and sat
out the election and Mat-
thew Hurst won the seat
formerly held by Ennis.
During the time Ennis
served on the city council
in the past he was always
noted as a numbers guy
who was great at keeping
the city financially sound.
Mayor Barry Moody high-
lighted this talent of Ennis
in October of 2016 at
his final council meeting
before leaving. The talent
displayed with balanc-
ing the books is evident
based upon Ennis extreme
financial knowledge and a
small business owner of a
CPA firm in Lanett.
A well-known individ-
ual in the city of LaFay-
ette is also on the ballot
and hoping to make an
impact on District B and
the city of LaFayette if
elected. Charlotte Blas-
ingame is not stranger to
LaFayette or its political
spectrum. Although she
has never served in the
city government, she has
made herself and con-
cerns frequently known.
Her presence at local city
council meetings is as
frequent as members of
the city council.
Blasingame has been
highly active in the city of
LaFayette she is presently
the Executive Director of
the Essie J. Hand Me-
morial Association. The
efforts and hard work put
forth by Blasingame was
key in getting the historic
cemetery in LaFayette
added to the Alabama
Historical Cemetery Reg-
ister last year. Blasingame
has also been a key player
in several civil function
in the city including the
annual Christmas festi-
val. She has even been
rumored to be LaFayette’s
own Mrs. Claus around
the holidays.
Blasingame has
expressed concerns with
public infrastructure and
activities for senior citi-
zens in LaFayette. These
are some of the issues
she hopes to address if
elected to the city council
for the District B. seat.
Blasingame brings and
impressive resume to the
table much like her op-
position. She has been a
business owner as well as
a property manager in the
Atlanta, Georgia area.
The final candidate
for the District B seat in
LaFayette is Mr. Shannon
Hunter. Shannon Hunter
is no stranger to the po-
litical scene in LaFayette.
While he has not served
on the local city council,
he has become a regular
attendee to city council
meetings and has even
launched a website called
www.lafayetteforcitizens.
org
. The website posts
videos of city council
meetings as well as
agendas and minutes of
the meetings. Hunter also
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gives access to the local
governmental meetings
through his YouTube
channel.
Hunter does bring po-
litical experiences to the
table, while not in LaFay-
ette his political experi-
ence is part of an overall
impressive resume.
Hunter served as the
chairman of the Planning
and Zoning Commission
in the city of Azle, Texas.
He was also the President
of a Homeowners Asso-
ciation which held duties
that included enforcing
city codes, establishing
standards for septic tanks,
and supply water to the
community he served
in Mexico. Hunter also
served on the Municipal
Liquor License Board.
Aside from his political
activities, Hunter worked
for Lockheed-Martin
at their facility in Fort
Worth, Texas for 25-years
prior to his retirement in
1998. Hunter also brings
a wealth of education
with him to this election
that includes numerous
degrees from schools
including Spring Hill
College, the University of
Alabama, and the Univer-
sity of Texas at Arlington.
As the election draws
near on next Tuesday
the voters of District B
are left with a difficult
decision of which of three
dynamic and outstand-
ing candidates they will
vote for in the upcoming
election. All show impres-
sive resumes and a strong
commitment to LaFayette,