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Former Alabama Senator President Pro Tem Lowell Barron-Leadership Crisis in AL

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In this episode of "Bringing Voices To Power" I talk with former Alabama Senator President Pro Tem Lowell Barron about the the crisis of leadership in Montgomery, Alabama. Barron is a former Democratic politician, bussinessman who was  a member of the Alabama Senate, and represented the 8th District since 1982. He was elected President Pro Tem of the Alabama Senate from 1999-2007, and after having served seven terms in the State Senate, was defeated by 628 votes in the 2010 general election. Barron represented Alabama's 8th Senate district which includes all of Jackson County and parts of Dekalb and Madison counties. He was elected Mayor of Fyffe in 1968, a position he held until 1982, when he was first elected to the Alabama Senate. After his first year in the Senate, he was not selected as the Democraic nominee. Subsequently, he waged the state's first and only successful write-in campaign for the Alabama Legislature and won the Democratic nomination. He encouraged people to write in "Lowell Barron" with the "itty bitty pencils" which his campaign distruted, and his write-in campaign still stands as one of the most successful in American history. While the Senate district contained three counties (Dekalb,Jackson and parts of Madison) he recieved write-in votes in 26 of Alabama's 67 counties.

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