The most common thread in all the elections, both in Alabama and across the nation, is anger, and an angry electorate is not easily placated.
Judging by the election results, it appears Alabamians do not want a lottery, do not want to spend Alabama Trust Fund money on roads, and do not want more amendments to the state Constitution.
What they do want is more and better paying jobs, better results from the money spent on education, and more ethical conduct from their elected officials.
St. Clair County voters made history in this election by choosing Sheriff Terry Surles for a fourth consecutive term. Surles downplayed his own role, praising his staff in the Sheriff’s Department. “They do their job in a credible fashion and they deserve all the credit,” he said.
St. Clair voters also returned Coroner Dennis Russell to office for a fourth term, and all six members of the county’s legislative delegation were re-elected. It just goes to show that the “throw the bums out” mentality is not rampant in St. Clair County — officials who give the voters what they want get to keep their jobs.
You have a difficult path ahead for the next four years. We ask that you fulfill your promises, represent us well, and make us proud.
And we ask one more thing — now that the election is over, please take down your signs.