Huntsville advocate running for county commission seat passes away

Huntsville advocate running for county commission seat passes away
Huntsville activist dead at age 60; candidate for district 6 seat (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Deborah Barros - a candidate for Madison County Commission District 6 passed away Saturday.

Barros, a member of the Madison County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee, was a former state senate candidate and current candidate for the 6th district commission, formerly held by longtime Commissioner Bob Harrison.

Barros was a former journalist, community liaison and activist.

Barros was 60 years old.

Jess Henry Malone, who was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to fill the vacancy in the Madison County Commission sent WAFF-48 News this statement.

"Deborah was a great American and a true democrat. She truly believed in our community and was passionate about the people. Deborah saw the potential of north Huntsville and worked untiringly to expose the potential to any and everyone who would listen. Although Deborah was also running to serve District 6, our visions for our community were not much different. We both wanted to see North Huntsville be the best it could be by further uplifting the people. Deborah will be missed - her love for all and commitment to hold officials accountable will be missed. I offer my prayers to her immediate family and to the community of Huntsville that she enjoyed as her extended family. This sudden loss is a shock to us all and it hurts. She helped to make District 6 a better place and I continue to endeavor to do the same as I honor the life she lived and the legacy of service she has left us.