Holly Pond mayor talks about campaign sign controversy outside Town Hall
CULLMAN COUNTY - AL —
Political campaigns are known to cause friction among candidates. A sign advertising a candidate for Cullman County Sheriff is rubbing some voters the wrong way.
Voters emailed ABC 33/40 telling us the sign outside Holly Pond's Town Hall is an ethics violation. The sign encourages voters to pick incumbent Mike Rainey for Cullman County Sheriff. The mayor posted the sign. You might be surprised what the mayor did during our interview.
"The election is coming up and everyone would like to see the election go smooth and well," said Holly Pond Mayor Herman Nail.
Mayor Nail posted the sign some voters don't like.
"I did not see anything wrong with it. It would be no more than a club out there, that would say, we are going to have a car show for the town," added Mayor Nail.
Mayor Nail told ABC 33/40 he put up the sign after a Cullman County taxpayer made the request.
"I gave her permission to do that, to put that on that sign out there. We've done it before, but not endorsing anyone. We did not endorse anybody today," added Mayor Nail.
Alabama Code 17-17-5 in Title 17 forbids all state, county, city or local school board members from using governmental agency funds, property or time for political activities.
"We all live here. We all try to do what's right. I was trying to do what was right, on what the woman asked me to do," added Mayor Nail.
Mayor Nail admits he needs to brush up on the Alabama Code referenced, but points out he also offered space to Rainey's challenger, Matt Gentry.
"I'm not a lawyer. I do what I think is right," added Mayor Nail.
Mayor Nail offered to take down the sign.
"If that doesn't please them, nothing will. That will be their trouble, not mine. I have done everything I can to appease the people and make them happy," added Mayor Nail.
Mayor Nail felt bad after the ABC 33/40 interview. He cried and wanted to make sure ABC 33/40 knew he was acting for the greater good of the people in his community. The mayor told ABC 33/40 he's happy to take down the sign, but sad things were blown out of proportion.