WINSTON COUNTY - Many politicians are making their official announcements of candidacy for the 2020 elections.
The Alabamian has set guidelines for free political profiles to be published in its print edition, which is also reproduced in a digital edition.
Three rounds of profiles will be offered - one for the March 3, 2020, primaries, which will feature national, state and local candidates; another for all area municipal and the Haleyville City School Board elections set for later this year and one for the general election in Nov. 3, 2020.
The last day for qualifying statewide and locally for major political parties for the March 3, primary is Friday, Nov. 8.
According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, which shows dates for the 2020 elections, both the Republican and Democratic primaries for President, U.S. Senate U.S. House, state and county be Tuesday, March 3, with any necessary runoffs on Tuesday, March 31, and the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Free profiles will be published on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may begin submitting your profile now. Profiles will begin to run Wednesday, Dec. 4. Free profiles must be turned in by candidates who want it run before the March primaries no later than Friday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m.
The Alabamian will run one local announcement free-of-charge for candidates, along with a head shot. This free announcement will run only once and is limited to 350 words.
“Anyone who wishes to publish a story that runs more than 350 words is welcome to run a paid political display advertisement,” said Alabamian publisher and editor Horace Moore.
Front page advertisements are available at a set rate. The front page advertisements will be run up to five inches (including the photo and headline) with the story continued inside. The front page announcements will be limited to a first-come, first-serve basis.
All paid political advertisements must be paid in advance and report at the bottom of the ad who has paid for the advertisement, including a complete address and the name of the committee chairman, if applicable.
All profile material is to be turned in typed, not handwritten, and preferably emailed when possible to Alabamian Managing Editor Shelly Hess at email@example.com. Documents on CD and USB flash drives brought to the newspaper will be accepted.
High resolution digital photos in JPEG format will be accepted. The Alabamian reserves the right to reject a photo that does not meet its standards. A member of the Alabamian staff will make appropriate photos for $10.
The policy does not prevent news coverage of incumbents or the candidates as part of regular news coverage. Some items, such as check presentation photos, may be delayed for publication if the Alabamian feels scheduling is purposefully close to the election date for political reasons.
Dates for turning in profiles to run before the 2020 municipal and Haleyville Board of Education races, as well as the General Election will be announced later in 2020.
Anyone wanting more details about the free profiles may call Hess at 205-486-9461 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wanting to know more details about advertising may call the Alabamian's advertising director Roger Carden at 205-486-9461 or email him at email@example.com.
See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.