Let your voice be heard

The DeKalb County Activities Building houses the county commission, EMA and other offices on 111 Grand Avenue SW in Fort Payne. 

With elections being held in various states and counties, several issues are being discussed and demanding attention. Now more than ever, it is crucial to know and understand the phrase “contact your reps.”

Today, there are many ways to express your views and concerns to your local representatives ranging from tweeting to emailing them. In our area, sending a letter remains an effective and more personal way of communication.

The most efficient way to be heard according to whitehouse.gov is by contacting your immediate legislators or county representatives, depending on the matter you wish to discuss.

The newest and trendiest method of contacting your representatives is through social media sites. However, that may be true for state representatives, but not all representatives in rural areas engage in social media.

Whatever your political affiliations, contact with elected officials, whether it be local, state or federal, it’s a component of a functioning democracy.

However, it’s essential to remember that not all communication methods are equally useful within the public sphere.

Contacting your local officials via phone is another method to voice your opinion.

According to the American Psychological Association and its ‘Psychologist’s Guide to Advocacy,’ when writing or speaking to your representatives, it’s recommended to only discuss the issues of great importance to you.

Focusing on one issue and stating your subject directly and aids in not diluting your influence or message.

When contacting any representative, it is essential to be respectful and refrain from the use of offensive language to have your voice heard.

The following is a list of DeKalb County officials along with their contact information:

• Absentee Election Manager and Circuit Clerk

Todd Greeson

PO Box 681149, Fort Payne,

Alabama, 35968

256-845-8525

• Board of Registrars

11 Grand Ave SW, Suite 105,

Fort Payne, Alabama, 35967

256-845-8598

• Judge of Probate

Ronnie Osborn

300 Grand Avenue SW Ste 100,

Fort Payne, Alabama, 35967

256-845-8510

• DeKalb County Revenue Commissioner

Tyler Wilks

Main Office

206 Grand Ave. SW

Fort Payne, AL 35967

256-845-8515

• Rainsville Annex

98 McCurdy Ave. S.

Rainsville, AL 35986

256-638-9404

• DeKalb County Commission President

Ricky Harcrow

111 Grand Avenue, SW

Fort Payne, AL 35967

• Commissioner of District 1

Shane Wootten

111 Grand Avenue, SW

Fort Payne, AL 35967

Covers Ider, Henager, Valley Head, Hammondville, Mentone and Fort Payne

• Commissioner of District II

Scot Westbrook

111 Grand Avenue, SW

Fort Payne, AL 35967

Covers Geraldine, Crossville and Lakeview

• Commissioner of District III

Chris Kuykendall

111 Grand Avenue, SW

Fort Payne, AL 35967

Covers Fort Payne and Collinsville (A portion of Sand Rock)

• Commissioner of District IV

Lester Black

111 Grand Avenue, SW

Fort Payne, AL 35967

Covers Rainsville, Sylvania, Fyffe, Pine Ridge, Powell and Shiloh

All county commissioners may be contacted at the DeKalb County Activities Building at 111 Grand Ave SW in Fort Payne, phone number 256-845-8500.

• Sheriff

Nick Welden

2801 Jordan Road SW,

Fort Payne, Alabama , 35968

256-845-3801

Editor’s note: A story explaining ways to contact municipal officials is currently in the works by Staff Writer Steven Stiefel and will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Times-Journal.

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