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Jackson Co. proposes non-partisan elections

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The commission hopes to pass a resolution at Monday night's meeting asking for state support of non-partisan seat elections. (Source: MGN Online) The commission hopes to pass a resolution at Monday night's meeting asking for state support of non-partisan seat elections. (Source: MGN Online)
SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

The Jackson County Commission hopes to take the politics out of politics by having county officers run in non-partisan elections.

The move would require passage by the state legislature, so the commission hopes to pass a resolution at Monday night's council meeting which would make that request of their local legislative delegation.

From the sheriff to the revenue commissioner to the probate judge and including the county commission, the topic is now being discussed to have county officers run in a non-partisan election.

Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges hopes for a resolution which would prompt a statewide law, allowing counties who wish to not hold partisan races to exempt themselves from the current law.

Hodges said it would save counties money with fewer elections that would have to be held, as well as allow residents to vote strictly for the candidate of their choice.

"I think that there is a big benefit there that we're taking any issues that may come from party politics out of county elections and being able to get straight to the business at hand. Personalities may still conflict but hopefully party will not be a part of that issue," said Hodges.

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