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ALAPAC Announces Support for Carl, Coleman in Congressional Races

ALAPAC Announces Support for Carl, Coleman in Congressional Races

The all-physician board of the Alabama Medical PAC, ALAPAC, voted recently to support several candidates in their bids for federal office:

  • In Alabama’s First Congressional District, the ALAPAC Board voted to support Jerry Carl.
  • In Alabama’s Second Congressional District, the ALAPAC Board voted to support Jeff Coleman.

The ALAPAC Board considers many factors in making campaign support decisions, including candidate-vetting meetings with ALAPAC staff and board members, electronic surveys of ALAPAC contributors, third-party polling data and outreach from local physician ALAPAC contributors voicing support. Regarding ALAPAC support for Carl and Coleman, ALAPAC Board Chairman David Herrick, M.D. noted a significant factor in both races was outreach from local physicians.

“These candidates have built relationships with physicians in their local communities and a number of those physicians reached out to ALAPAC and asked for support for both Jerry Carl and Jeff Coleman,” Dr. Herrick said. “That’s a key element in ALAPAC’s decision making process in races where there is no incumbent with a voting record that we can look at and examine to see how they voted on the issues medicine believes are important.”

The runoffs for both Congressional District 1 and 2 are Tuesday, July 14. At this point, election officials indicate polling places will be open as usual, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be on the lookout for emails from ALAPAC as that date nears with additional information on voting resources.

Board also suspends 2020 summer fundraising efforts amid COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its negative financial effects on physicians and medical practices of all specialties statewide, ALAPAC is suspending its usual “summer shortfall” fundraising drive and instead focusing board and staff energies in the coming months to revamping ALAPAC into a more specialty-focused and locally-driven political action committee.

“At the same time we are spending money to support candidates in Congressional Districts 1 and 2, we have also had to make the tough decision to suspend our traditional summer fundraising drive, which will ultimately result in fewer funds raised in the short term. Given the current status of COVID and practices’ financial challenges, it seems like the right decision. However, the Board and I are convinced the new approach and restructuring efforts we are planning will serve as a better long-term investment for ALAPAC,” Dr. Herrick said.

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ALAPAC Supported Candidates Win Elections

ALAPAC Supported Candidates Win Elections

In the past two weeks, both ALAPAC supported candidates were victorious in their special election campaigns to the House of Representatives: Van Smith, who won the seat for HD42 on November 4, and Charlotte Meadows, who was elected to serve HD74 just this past Tuesday.

Smith, a former Autauga County Commissioner, received ALAPAC’s support was largely due to the recommendations of ALAPAC contributing physicians. Lee Carter, M.D., an Autauga family physician and HD42 resident, was instrumental in ALAPAC’s support for Smith, who he believes will be a strong voice for rural health issues.

For Meadows, healthcare is an area she knows well. As the wife of Montgomery physician Allen Meadows, M.D., and a former practice manager, Meadows has a wealth of knowledge and experience on the issues physicians face everyday. Knowing this, ALAPAC became heavily involved in her race since she announced her candidacy, and we are excited to have her serve in the House of Representatives.

Thank you to everyone who supported both Van and Charlotte in their victories. We hope that you will continue to support ALAPAC and help us in electing candidates who best represent the professional needs of physicians, their families, and their patients.

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ALAPAC-Supported Van Smith Wins Special Election

ALAPAC-Supported Van Smith Wins Special Election

On Tuesday, Autauga County Commissioner Van Smith won the special election to fill the vacancy in Alabama House District 42 with 88% of the vote. ALAPAC has supported Van since the Primary, with a key reason being the advocacy of area physicians who have known and worked with Mr. Smith for years and who spoke to his support for physicians.

With the victory, Mr. Smith will now turn his attention to the upcoming legislative session. HD42 comprises Autuga and Chilton Counties, and supporting rural health care is a major interest of both area physicians and Mr. Smith.

“As an ALAPAC contributor, it’s important to know I have a voice in our campaign support process,” said Lee Carter, M.D., an Autaugaville family physician and HD 42 resident. “I’ve known Van for years and think he will represent our area well and be a voice for rural health issues.”

Congrats again to Mr. Smith and thank you to the physicians who supported him in this election.

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