When quailying for local races in Macon County concluded on Friday, Feb. 9, it was not surprising that the largest list of qualifiers were lined up to run for Probate Judge.

Alfozna Menefee has served Macon County with distinction for 30 years after first being elected in 1988. It’s not that he wants to relinquish his office. But when he reached the age 70, he had no choice. State law prevents those age 70 or older from running for judge positions.

Now 71, Menefee had no choice but to step aside and let someone else fill his rather large shoes.

It’s a difficult job that requires the probate judge to deal with some very sensitive issues, including deciding if citizens of Macon County are mentally incapacitated and can no longer handle their own affairs. It takes a special man or woman do make that kind of a decision.

The list of candidates (on Pages 1 and 6 of today’s Tuskegee News) includes a couple with experience in the Probate Office and some holding other elected positions.

Voters in Macon County need to get to know the candidates for Probate Judge because of the responsibilities of the office and the fact — that in Menefee’s case — they could be in office for many years.

While some other positions on the June 3 primary ballot may not be as significant as Probate Judge, they certainly are important — ranging from two County Commission seats and two places on the Macon County Board of Education.

Some important decisions will be made about the leadership in Macon County over the next few months and we owe to ourselves to be informed before casting our votes.

Dr. Brooks to join “50 Club”

Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks will soon celebrate her 50th birthday and plans to use that occasion for a positive community purpose.

She is asking the community to join her on a 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, Feb. 24 to raise money for the American Cancer Society, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The run will being at 8:30 a.m. at Washington Plaza in Tuskegee. It will travel along Highway 80/29 South (Martin Luther King Highway) and end at her home at 506 South Maple Street in  Tuskegee.

Attire will be run gear of choice. There will be two water station and nourishment will be provided at the end of the run. Please bring a water bottle and remember this is a run — maybe walk — not a race.

Vehicle support will be available for anyone who needs it to return to starting point.

For more information, contact Dr. Brooks at the Macon County Board of Education by calling (334) 727-1600.

Guy Rhodes is editor and publisher of The Tuskegee News. He is a former recipient of the Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist Award and multi-time winner in the Alabama Press Association contest for Best Editorial Column or Commentary. He can be reached by email at guynrhodes@bellsouth.net

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