State Democratic Chairman visits area
State Democratic Chairman H. Mark Kennedy, who is a retired Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, visited Calhoun County on Wednesday, Feb.27 and Thursday, Feb. 28.  He spoke to several organizations and held individual meetings with Calhoun County citizens who are interested in running for elected office in 2014.

“I have been enormously impressed with the number of folks we have spoken to who, among other issues, feel their voices aren’t being heard because of the GOP super-majority in Montgomery. ...to vote on critical issues without debate is criminal and Democrats intend to address that problem in 2014,” Judge Kennedy said. 

Kennedy, a native of Greenville, received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Cumberland School of Law.

From 1978 to 1999, Justice Kennedy served as a Juvenile and Family Court Judge in Montgomery, as a Circuit Judge for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and for 11 years as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of Alabama.

Following his retirement in 1999 he became President of the Montgomery Riverfront Development Foundation, a not for profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Montgomery. It was through his leadership that the first Comprehensive Master Plan for downtown Montgomery was published in 2001.

During his tenure as Chairman, he oversaw the construction of the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Capital City Riverwalk and Amphitheater along the banks of the Alabama River and served as the City’s Project Manager during the development of Montgomery’s new Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

As a volunteer, Justice Kennedy served for twenty-one years as the Chairman of the State of Alabama’s Children’s Trust Fund that raised over fifteen million dollars and funded community based child abuse prevention programs. He is the founder and Chairman of the Corporate Foundation for Children, partnering with public and private foundations and the business and legal communities to provide services in the areas of maternal health and strengthening families. Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington based Second Chance Employment Services Foundation providing job skills training to victims of domestic violence and is the past President of the Board of Directors of the Family Sunshine Center and the Board of the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. In recognition of his public service as an advocate for children Justice Kennedy is a past recipient of the American Pediatric Association’s National Child Health Advocate Award, the University of Alabama’s first recipient of the Champion for Children Award and the National Exchange Club Leadership Award.
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