Governor visits Democratic fish fry

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2000

People from Butler County and surrounding areas braved the afternoon heat Thursday, gathering together for free food and fellowship to meet Gov. Don Siegelman, as well as to meet candidates running on the Democratic ticket for local and state offices.

Siegelman arrived at the Butler County fair grounds to speak at the Democratic Party Forum, shaking hands and posing for pictures while he was there.

"There's just a lot of good folks, good food and good fun out here today," Siegelman said.

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As the governor stood

before a large crowd, he spoke on Image Entry coming to the area, raising teacher salaries and helping education in the state, ending his speech with a standing ovation from the crowd.

"Economic development in this community is just as important as in big cities like Huntsville and Mobile," he said to the cheers of those in attendance.

Butler County State Representative Charles Newton presented Siegelman with a gift basket for what the governor has done over the years for the citizens of the county.

Local radio stations were stationed around the building, entertaining visitors with music. Each DJ also had a chance to interview the governor for the listeners not able to attend.

Visitors to the event also enjoyed food free of charge, such as fried fish, hush puppies, cole slaw, cake and drinks, while getting to know the Democratic candidates running in the area.

Each candidate spoke to the crowd, telling them what he or she would do if elected for their office and thanking everyone for their support. Many candidates were offering free items, such as T-shirts, balloons, fans and even small wooden airplanes for the children.

Frances Mixon of Georgiana said one of the candidates asked her to stop by, but she was drawn for other reasons, also.

"I enjoy seeing all the people and talking to them and eating the free food," Mixon said.

Many of the candidates mentioned the event definitely had positive effects because it brought together those running for offices and the people in an informal setting, allowing the candidates to meet more of those they serve.