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District 2 County Commissioner and Vice Chair of the County Commission Bertha Kelly-McElrath has announced that she is seeking re-election and will be on the Democratic Party primary ballot on May 24.
McElrath wants to keep moving District 2 and the county as a whole forward. She has numerous highlights demonstrating how they have moved District 2 forward with her as the existing commissioner.
- Awarded $350,000 to pave County Road 52 in Goodwater
- Additional paving, bridges and/or culvert projects (county roads 11, 49, 66, 68, 111, 116) and more to come
- Awarded $28,000 to various projects to help mitigate COVID-19 in District 2
- Coordinated T-shirt fundraiser WWYD (What Would You do to Support Coosa Central Schools) raising $8,000 to support the Athletic Department
- Supported the start-up of the Goodwater Flag and Youth Football Team in 2019
- Led the effort to appropriate $23,000 o the Goodwater Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) to support EMS
- Awarded COVID-19 relief dollars to the GVFD in the amount of $8,000 to help purchase a LUCAS machine for EMS
- Served as 2020 Census coordinator to lead the effort for a complete count in Goodwater for future funding
- Worked with county officials to help bring back the Coosa County Health Department
- Partnered with LMAEDA (Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance) providing workforce and development training through Madix of Goodwater
- Raised $20,000 to revitalize the Old Goodwater School Cafeteria as the 2020 Passion Project called I.H.O.P.E. (Improving Health Opportunities for Physical Engagement) and partnered with the Goodwater Disabled Veterans and Coosa County Extension Office to reach citizens who are suffering with diabetes, heart disease and other known illnesses
- Partnered with LMAEDA with the new Alabama Graphite plant coming to Coosa County that will create more than 100 jobs by December 2022. See “District 2 commissioner representing Coosa County” on YouTube clip (Gov. Ivey announces $80 million new Alabama Graphite plant in Coosa County)
In addition to this highlights during her years of service to the county, McElrath also serves as the minority director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA), representing all 67 counties in Alabama; board member with East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (EARPDC); board member with Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council; board member with Self Insurance Liability Fund (SILF); and Steering Committee member with Community Economic Workforce Development (CEWD) and Justice and Public Safety (JPS) of the National Association of County Officials (NACO).
A small business owner, McElrath is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and graduate of the Alabama Local Government Training Institute at Auburn University.
McElrath is married to SFC Wade McElrath and has been a member of Move of God Deliverance Church in Camp Hill for 22 years.
She asks for everyone’s support and vote on May 24, saying, “Let’s keep moving.”