|Alabama Secretary of State|
|January 19, 2015 - present|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Jim Bennett (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Alabama House of Representatives District 62|
|Bachelor's||The University of Alabama, 1990|
|Date of birth||November 12, 1963|
|Place of birth||Wedowee, AL|
|Profession||Tuscaloosa County Board of Education|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Endorsements
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
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 was the director of Community Relations & Community Education for the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education from 1994 to 2014.
Alabama Secretary of State (2015-present)
Alabama House of Representatives (2010-2014)
Merrill represented District 62 in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2010 to 2014.
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 ran for the open seat of Alabama Secretary of State. The previous incumbent, Jim Bennett (R), was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of previous officeholder Beth Chapman, and was not running for a full term in 2014.
|Alabama Secretary of State, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014|
|Election Results via ALGOP.org.|
|Alabama Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2014|
|Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.|
|Secretary of State of Alabama, 2014|
|Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.|
|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|
Comprehensive donor information for McKinney is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, McKinney raised a total of $517,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 19, 2015.
|John Merrill's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||Alabama Secretary of State||$308,590|
|2010||Alabama House of Representatives, District 62||$208,502|
|Grand Total Raised||$517,092|
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|Total Raised by Opponents||$0||$0|
|Top 5 contributors||Friends of John H. Merrill||$83,410||Friends of Mike Hubbard||$7,500|
|Speed PAC||$10,000||Business Council of Alabama||$6,000|
|Storm PAC||$10,000||Alabama Association of Realtors||$5,202|
|Landon Ash||$7,500||Election PAC||$5,190|
|John Merrill||$7,140||Joe Scarborough||$5,000|
|Out-of-state donations||$5,848||$11,525 ($1,000 unknown)|
In 2010, Merrill's endorsements included the following:
- The Alabama Tea Party Express
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Merrill and his wife, Cindy, have two children.
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- John Merrill for Alabama Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Office of the Secretary of State, "Biography," accessed January 19, 2015
- AL.com, "Doing what he has always wanted to do... Secretary of State - elect, John Merrill," November 9, 2014
- John Merrill's campaign website, "Campaign issues," November 2, 2010
- WHNT, "John Merrill Announces Run For Secretary Of State In 2014," January 29, 2013
- Alabama Votes, "2014 Scheduled Elections," accessed July 2, 2013
- Alabama2010.com, "Alabama GOP primary results," accessed May 5, 2014 (dead link)
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed July 18, 2014
- Follow the Money, " Showing contributions to Merrill, John," accessed May 19, 2015
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
- The Alabama Tea Party Express, "Endorsements," November 2, 2010
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "Newt 2012 Announces Alabama Leadership Team," March 12, 2012 (timed out)
Jim Bennett (R)
|Alabama Secretary of State
| Succeeded by|
|Alabama House District 62
| Succeeded by|
Rich Wingo (R)