By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Democratic National Committee has called a hearing to adjudicate complaints over the Alabama Democratic Party’s election of officers in 2018.
Last July, the re-election of Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley came with significant controversy and complaints over the voting process. Worley defeated challenger Peck Fox after party power broker Joe Reed added 35 votes under the party’s complicated minority affairs rules.
Two official complaints were eventually filed with the DNC, including an exhaustive seven-page brief from party member Ralph Young claiming the state party’s voting procedure was out of step with the national party’s racial and gender diversity standards.
In a letter to Worley and the complainants obtained by Alabama Daily News, DNC Credentials Committee co-chairs Karen Carter Peterson and John Currie said the stories of the parties were in conflict and that an evidentiary hearing would be set for February 11 in Washington, D.C. to mediate the matter.
If a resolution is not reached, the Credentials Committee will vote on the issue at its meeting on February 14.
Worley has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Young previously told The Montgomery Advertiser’s Brian Lyman that he is “a bit of a rules wonk” and that he didn’t believe the party’s leadership election was “done in a fair fashion.”
In the same article, Worley called Young a “habitual complainer” and maintained that the party followed the rules.