On Monday night, November 15, 2021, Ashley Sellers, the Southern Field Director for Take Back Action, was invited to attend a riveting Legislative Reception hosted by the Chamber of Commerce for Opelika, AL (sister organization of Auburn, AL).
The Chamber held the event at the esteemed Red Clay Brewery in historic downtown Opelika, AL. This reception was an incredible and exciting opportunity for Ashley to connect with these state elected officials and representatives to discuss several focus issues for TBAF.
From left to right: State Senator Randy Price, State Rep. Debbie Wood, State Rep. Jeremy Gray, TBAF Southern Field Director Ashley Sellers, State Rep. Bob Fincher and State Rep. Joe Lovvorn.
Other officials in attendance not in this photo included:
Opelika Mayor, Gary Fuller – City Council President, Eddie Smith – City Council President Pro-Tem, Eric Baker-Norris – and City Council Ward 5 Representative, Todd Rauch.
Ashley met with Commissioner Richard Lagrand for quite an extended period, and Lagrand will now have Ashley as a guest on his popular radio show.
Ashley was able to discuss www.takebackaction.org issues with each of the representatives before and after the main event. Additionally, she was also able to participate in the discussions these representatives had with local chamber members. Such issues included education, jobs, redistricting, and internet connection in rural parts of Lee County and Alabama.
Sellers also had time before the meeting to educate several local chamber members on instant runoff voting. One unique perspective that she has which resonated with several of the local members of the Chamber is how Auburn University implemented this style of voting both within the executive board of the University as well as within the Student Government Association of Auburn University elections in 2019. Subsequently, in the fall of 2020, Auburn University voted, with overwhelming support, to extend this voting system for all student elections.
She was able to discuss the benefits of this type of electoral system and explain the work that both TBAF and others are doing nationwide to increase the integrity of United States elections at all levels through instant runoff/ranked-choice elections.