Signs, T-Shirts, Bumper Stickers, & Round Stickers

Signs, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and round stickers are now available!

If you’d like one of them, or all of them, please contact me at ed@edpackard.com or 334-826-3606.

Thank you for your support between now and the May 24th primary election. And thank you for your support and vote on May 24th!

Campaign Materials Available Now!

Around Alabama: Hoover, Ider & Flat Rock

I was honored to speak to the Alabama Federation of Republican Woman (AFRW) on Saturday. They were meeting at the Inverness Country Club in Inverness, a neighborhood in Hoover. If you are unfamiliar with Inverness, it’s just south of Birmingham on U.S. Highway 280.

I first spoke to the presidents of various county-level affiliates of the AFRW. In addition to my sharing information about my candidacy for Secretary of State, I discussed photo voter ID with them and answered questions they had on the subject.

With the Presidents of the County AFRW Affiliates

Upon the conclusion of my speaking with the presidents, Britney Garner, president of the AFRW asked me join the treasurers of numerous county-level affiliates of the AFRW. The treasurers wanted to ask me questions about campaign finance reporting under the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), Alabama’s campaign finance law.

With the Treasurers of County AFRW Affiliates

I thought this request would be for a short round of questions and answers. However, it became an impromptus class in campaign finance reporting, lasting well over an hour … the kind of service I would provide during my 24+ years on staff at the Secretary of State’s office.

I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the treasurers and to assist them with their campaign finance concerns.

Exiting I-59 for Sand Mountain

After leaving the AFRW meeting, I drove to DeKalb and Jackson Counties in northeast Alabama, two counties where my mother’s side of our family is from.

At the top of Sand Mountain at Sulphur Springs Gap

I spent time in Ider (DeKalb County) and Flat Rock (Jackson County) before returning home to Prattville.

Around Alabama: Hoover, Ider & Flat Rock

I was honored to speak to the Alabama Federation of Republican Woman (AFRW) on Saturday. They were meeting at the Inverness Country Club in Inverness, a neighborhood in Hoover. If you are unfamiliar with Inverness, it’s just south of Birmingham on U.S. Highway 280.

I first spoke to the presidents of various county-level affiliates of the AFRW. In addition to my sharing information about my candidacy for Secretary of State, I discussed photo voter ID with them and answered questions they had on the subject.

With the Presidents of the County AFRW Affiliates

Upon the conclusion of my speaking with the presidents, Britney Garner, president of the AFRW asked me join the treasurers of numerous county-level affiliates of the AFRW. The treasurers wanted to ask me questions about campaign finance reporting under the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), Alabama’s campaign finance law.

With the Treasurers of County AFRW Affiliates

I thought this request would be for a short round of questions and answers. However, it became an impromptus class in campaign finance reporting, lasting well over an hour … the kind of service I would provide during my 24+ years on staff at the Secretary of State’s office.

I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the treasurers and to assist them with their campaign finance concerns.

Exiting I-59 for Sand Mountain

After leaving the AFRW meeting, I drove to DeKalb and Jackson Counties in northeast Alabama, two counties where my mother’s side of our family is from.

At the top of Sand Mountain at Sulphur Springs Gap

I spent time in Ider (DeKalb County) and Flat Rock (Jackson County) before returning home to Prattville.

Great Day – Friday: Probate Judges & Probate Office Chief Clerks and Mobile

I got the day off to a good start, despite the cold temperature and overcast sky in Prattville and Montgomery.

I met with a handful of Probate Judges for breakfast on this, the last day of their winter conference.

Then, I took up the Chief Clerks from the Probate Offices on an invitation to speak to them. Having worked closely with many of the Chief Clerks over the last two and nearly a half decades, I enjoyed being with them again. I had not seen them in person since before the pandemic surfaced.

After talking to the Chief Clerks, I traveled to Mobile, talking to Mobilians about my candidacy.

Great Day – Thursday: with Probate Judges

Today, I had breakfast and lunch with the Probate Judges attending their association’s winter conference.

Before lunch, the probate judges provided me the opportunity to speak to them about my candidacy for Secretary of State.

I’m my speech, I shared with them why I became an election official: I wanted to be part of making and ensuring the elections process works for the people of Alabama.

I also reiterated my commitment of 24+ years to them … to support them in any way I can so that they are able to administer elections effectively and successfully for the voters in their respective counties.

With Judge Crawford of Hale County
With Barbra Ramsey of Shelby County (retired employee of Elections Systems & Software, the voting machine vendor for Alabama’s counties)

Great Day – Wednesday: Probate Judges & Montgomery Voters

Today was another great day, especially with meeting voters and election officials.

This evening, at the invitation of a local shop owner, I met with a group of Montgomery voters at Baumhowers Victory Grill. I enjoyed meeting and talking with the people that had gathered for their usual weekly event.

I introduced myself and shared with them information about my candidacy for Secretary of State. Then, in small groups, we discussed whatever came to mind: Air Force life (one guy had served in that branch; I was an Air Force brat in my formative years); airplanes; comic books; politicians; etc.

After that meeting concluded, I went to meet various Probate Judges at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery. I was glad to have the opportunity to catch up with the judges since I hadn’t visited with them in quite some time due to the pandemic.

The judges and I swapped stories about elections we administered, their counties, Covid … and music. Talking about musicians and singers was pretty fun, but several judges stole the show by breaking out instruments and performing for us.

Probate Judges Harry D’Olive Jr. (Baldwin County), Ronnie Osborn (DeKalb County), Greg Dutton (Lawrence County), and Paul Story (Chambers County)

Tomorrow, I’ll have the opportunity to catch up with more Probate Judges and speak to their group as a whole about my candidacy.

Great Day! Talladega, St. Clair and Jackson Counties!

Tuesday (1/18/2022) was a great day, filled with visits with great Republicans in Talladega, St. Clair, and Jackson Counties. My message and agenda items are resonating with people and they (the people) have been showing a lot of support for my candidacy.

The day started with my traveling to Talladega County to drop off campaign materials with the county Republican Party and a passionate supporter.

In St. Clair County, my long-time friend and elections administration colleague, Deborah Howard, continues to assist me. I’m very appreciative of her efforts. If you need help with any election-related issues in St. Clair County, she can help you!

Deborah Howard and Me

I provided Deborah campaign materials as well and then met various people at both the Pell City and Ashville courthouses. I thank Ken Crowe, county Revenue Commissioner, and Deborah for showing me around.

I met with members of the Jackson County Republican Party at Cattle Stampede Steakhouse in Scottsboro. I enjoyed talking to them one-on-one and then speaking to the group as a whole, especially when answering their questions about Alabama election law and procedures.

I appreciate that my cousin, Pamela Norton of Ider, joined me at the meeting. (Yes, I’m aware that Ider is in DeKalb County! But she lives near and works in Scottsboro and has shown tremendous support for my campaign!)

Pamela Norton, my cousin and supporter from Ider

At the Jackson County meeting, I was able to spend time and catch up with a couple of the county’s election officials, with whom I’ve worked for years: Bart Buchanan, Circuit Clerk and Absentee Election Manager; and Kathy Thompson, a member of the Board of Registrars. Since I have usually interacted with county election officials over the phone, it’s great when I can see them in-person!

Bart Buchanan and Me
Kathy Thompson and Me

I’m looking forward to upcoming visits in many other of Alabama’s great counties.

Reflections: Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I was in this world less than two months when Dr. King was assassinated. So, all I know about him is from American history classes, books, video clips of his television appearances, and video or audio clips of his speeches.

What I do know about Dr. King is that he was a wise man.

He inspired his contemporaries to be better than the worst parts of their collective history.

And, through those video and audio clips, books, and history classes, his story has been told.

And, therefore, Dr. King continues to inspire all of us to be better than the worst parts of our collective history.

I hope when you are – and I am – presented with a choice, we will always take a stand for that which is true.

Madison County Republican Party and More


I enjoyed visiting with fellow Republicans in Madison County Saturday at their Men’s Breakfast. There were quite a number of women in attendance, as well, as auxiliary members of the group. I appreciated the opportunity to share a bit about myself and provide my contact information to anyone who may want to contact me and learn more about my campaign.

Aside from us candidates being able to spread word about our respective campaigns, we heard a rousing speech by Mike Durant, a candidate for U.S. Senate this year.

Lynda Hairston, Chair of the Madison County Board of Registrars (l); Ed Packard (r)

After the breakfast, I met with Madison County Registrar Lynda Hairston and her husband, Randy. Since Lynda has been a long-time colleague and friend, I appreciated the opportunity to catch up on what’s been going on with her, both as a voter registration official, and friend. We were at Gibson’s BBQ in Huntsville, and while there some of Lynda’s and Randy’s friends came into the restaurant. Lynda took the opportunity to introduce me to them and shared with them that I am seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.

I enjoyed meeting everyone that I spoke with in Huntsville!