Thursday, June 01, 2006

When's it gonna be north Alabama's turn?

Since a sizable portion of Alabama's population lives in the northern part of the state, you'd think a sizable number of our elected officials would hail from there.

You'd be wrong. As today's (Florence) TimesDaily reports, only one of the 29 statewide officeholders lives north of Birmingham. A University of Alabama political scientist says it might be because many of the area's white voters are Democrats in a GOP-dominated state. An even likelier explanation is voters' tendency to opt for candidates from small towns instead of densely populated places, a phenomenon at the heart of the modern Alabama political ad.


Blogger Danny said...

FWIW, the legislative power is disproportionately based in the north. Barron, Preuitt, Bedford, in particular... Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton, House Majority Leader Guin... others.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

True enough, though Seth Hammett, Alvin Holmes, John Rogers, et al., have some serious pull for the southern part of the state, and Larry Dixon, Mike Hubbard, etc., would have great power if they keep their seats and the GOP ever takes the Legislature.

This story brought an interesting demographic trend to light, but I don't think geographic diversity or candidates' hometowns mean much when it comes to picking the best people to hold statewide office. Given that Roy Moore is the only major 2006 gubernatorial candidate from north Alabama, I'd be quite glad to see that job go to someone from outside that region this year.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There hasn't been a Birminghammer
elected governor since Frank Dixon
in 1938. When will the Magic City
make a comeback?


4:34 PM  

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