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  • Writer's pictureDonald V. Watkins

Voting Mattered in 1979, But It Matters Even More Today!

Updated: Mar 11

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on March 4, 2024


I ran across my old campaign brochure from when I ran for City Council in Montgomery, Alabama. As you can see from the brochure, I promised to represent the interests of my 18,000 Council District 6 constituents in an aggressive manner, which I did for four years.

I financed my campaign with money from family members and close friends. I raised more money than I needed to win the race against six opponents, including a popular incumbent named Herman Harris, without a runoff. I refunded leftover campaign money to the contributors.


I was elected to the City Council in October 1979.  I was the youngest person ever elected to a Council seat in Montgomery, where I served from 1979 to 1983.  I was one of four Blacks on the nine-member Council.

IMAGE: Donald Watkins was sworn in as Montgomery, Alabama's youngest city council member in November 1979.

I donated my Council salary to local charities in my District. I never took a city-paid trip to any municipal conference or workshop, in-state or out-of-state. Instead, I attended these events at my own expense.

My telephone number was always publicly listed so that constituents could reach me directly on any day or at any hour.

I delivered on all of the campaign promises listed in the brochure during my four-year term in office.


My departure from the Council was hailed by then-Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar as "one of the greatest blessings since the Yankee troops went home in 1870.” I took that statement as a compliment.


Today, the political forces that oppose our progress are more vicious the ones I faced and fought as a Council member.  This is why voting is even more important today than it was in 1979.

This is also why I hold our elected and appointed public officials to a high standard for representing our political interests. I don't ask these officials to do anything in terms of their political representation of constituents that I didn't do myself.


Please vote on March 5, 2024, for the candidate of your choice!

UPDATE: March 5, 2024

I voted and dropped my ballot off at my polling place.

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