|Running for Alabama Secretary of State|
|Date of primary||June 3, 2014|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Alabama House of Representatives District 62|
|November 3, 2010-Present|
|November 5, 2014|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||The University of Alabama, 1990|
|Birthday||November 12, 1963|
|Place of birth||Wedowee, AL|
|Profession||Tuscaloosa County Board of Education|
In January 2013, Merrill announced that he is running for Alabama Secretary of State in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Merrill served as the chairman of the Republican Party in 2009. He has been an executive committee member for the State Republican Executive Committee since 2009, as well.
Merrill earned his B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Alabama in 1990. Merrill was a governmental affairs intern for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama from 1987 to 1988. He then worked for Randall Publishing Company as a national account executive from 1988 to 1990. From 1990 to 1993, he was the assistant director of The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Authority. Merrill worked for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama as director of Business Development from 1993 to 1994. He has been the director of Community Relations & Community Education for the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education since 1994.
Merrill served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:
- Subcommittee on Constitutional Issues
- Subcommittee on Economic Development and Incentives
- Subcommittee on Consent Calendars
Merrill's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- John’s Personal Employment with the Tuscaloosa County School System
- Excerpt: "When John announced his candidacy in July of 2009, he indicated that if successful in his bid for the State House, he would leave the Board of Education as soon as possible upon gaining meaningful employment. He was not required to take this position since Board policy allows employees to campaign for and to serve in elective office. John's position on the issue of "double-dipping" dictated his reasoning behind leaving the Board."
- Property Tax Increases
- Excerpt: "Under no circumstances is John for increasing property taxes without a vote by the people."
- Improving the Economy
- Excerpt: "Improving the state of the economy is one of John’s top priorities."
- Excerpt: "John is against all forms of abortion."
- Accountability and Transparency
- Excerpt: "Transparency in government promotes accountability. A transparent and accountable government is able to provide citizens with information on what the government is doing and how it affects the local community."
- Ethics Reform
- Excerpt: "John knows that strong ethical leadership is vital to every part of government."
- Excerpt: "John is committed to working with leaders of education and business and industry to find new and improved ways to serve our students in both K-12 and higher education settings."
- Economic Development
- Excerpt: "John’s experiences with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and as the Assistant Director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority uniquely qualify him to understand the challenges faced by local business and industries."
- The Lottery
- Excerpt: "John is against the lottery. As a Christian, and as a conservative Southern Baptist Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Calvary Baptist Church, John believes that all forms of gambling are wrong."
- Prayer in School
- Excerpt: "John believes that our citizens, especially our children, should be able to pray to Lord God Almighty any time and any place they would like."
- The Pledge of Allegiance
- Excerpt: "John believes that children in Alabama’s schools should begin everyday, in every school by saying the pledge to “Old Glory” because we are one nation under God."
- Quality of Life Issues
- Excerpt: "John believes that Legislative Discretionary money should be distributed to schools, volunteer fire departments, community ballparks and leagues, and municipalities within the district boundaries before it is distributed to groups outside the district."
- Sunday Alcohol Sales
- Excerpt: ."..he believes that alcohol consumption is a personal issue. There are hundreds of people in Tuscaloosa who would like to vote on the issue of alcohol sales for a limited amount of time on Sundays."
Merrill is running for the open seat of Alabama Secretary of State. The current incumbent, Jim Bennett (R), was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of previous officeholder Beth Chapman, and is not running for a full term in 2014.
|Alabama House of Representatives, District 62 General Election (2010)|
|John Merrill (R)||11,658|
|Steven Kneussle (C)||1,694|
|Alabama House of Representatives, District 62 Republican Primary (2010)|
|John Merrill (R)||3,262|
|Jerry Tingle (R)||2,551|
In 2010, Merrill raised $208,502 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|Friends Of Mike Hubbard||$7,500|
|Business Council Of Alabama||$6,000|
|Alabama Association Of Realtors||$5,202|
In 2010, Merrill's endorsements included the following:
- The Alabama Tea Party Express
Merrill and his wife, Cindy, have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term John + Merrill + Alabama + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- House site
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- John Merrill's campaign website, Campaign issues
- WHNT, "John Merrill Announces Run For Secretary Of State In 2014," January 29, 2013
- Alabama Votes, "2014 Scheduled Elections," accessed July 2, 2013
- Alabama GOP primary results
- Statewide general election results (Archived), accessed December 13, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- The Alabama Tea Party Express
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "Newt 2012 Announces Alabama Leadership Team," March 12, 2012
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