South Alabamian

Qualifying begins for senior legislative positions in Silver-Haired Legislature

Alabamians 60 years of age and over interested in running for a position in the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature can begin qualifying for election in February and March.

Monday, April 4, is the deadline for filing for the upcoming legislative sessions. Information and applications are available at the Alabama Department of Senior Services (1-800-AGELINE) or the Alabama-Tombigbee Area Agency on Aging in Camden.

The Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature (ASHL) is a nonpartisan, model legislature composed of members 60 and older who are elected by their peers to represent one of the 105 legislative districts in the state. Its purpose is to give seniors a real life experience in representing the interests of older Alabamians in state government.

The ASHL convenes each fall on the floor of the House of Representatives in Montgomery and considers and acts on resolutions making recommendations to the governor and state legislators on senior issues.

To qualify, one must:

•Be a resident of the legislative district which they will represent;

•Be a qualified voter;

•Have a petition signed by 25 peers;

•Pay a filling fee of $5 to cover costs of the election.

Election for the two-year term of office will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at various senior and community centers within the Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission area.

Current ASHL representative districts for the Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission’s area are:

District 1 – Dallas County (House District No. 67)

District II – Marengo, Perry and Sumter County (House District No. 71)

District III – Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox County (House District Nos. 64, 65, 68 and 69).

For information and to obtain all necessary forms, call the Alabama-Tombigbee Area Agency On Aging at 1-888-617-0500. The ATRC office is located at 107 Broad Street, Camden, AL 36726.

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