Perry named Field Director of ACCR

July 1,2002
CONTACT: Kathryn Bowden (334.834.5495)

MONTGOMERY - David Perry is the new field director for Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform.
Before joining ACCR, Perry worked as a policy analyst at the Urban Institute in Washington. D.C. He is a native of Mobile and a graduate of Duke University.

   In making the announcement, Dr. Thomas Corts, chairman of the non-partisan citizens group, said. “We’re thrilled to have someone of David’s caliber on board. ACCR has redoubled its efforts to give the people of Alabama a real opportunity to reform their antiquated and unworkable constitution, and David will lead us in a dramatic push to spread the news and increase membership.”

   Perry’s primary responsibility at ACCR is membership services and to foster grassroots activities. He will coordinate the work of individual ACCR chapters and help new groups organize.

   Corts said that ACCR’s goal is to have chapters in all 67 counties so every citizen can join in the move toward a new constitution that would improve the quality of their lives while protecting values they hold dear.

   Meanwhile, ACCR has expanded its activities to support the newly formed Alabama Citizens’ Commission for Constitutional Reform. Sec. of State Jim Bennett is the group’s chairman. The commission will hold public meetings around the state and invite citizens to share their views on the constitution and the reform process. The first hearing will be in Huntsville July 15.

   “We are in this for the long run,” Corts said. “Alabamians are confronting the reality that our 1901 constitution is the source of many of our problems, and citizens of all races and economic backgrounds will no longer allow themselves to be victims of an outdated state charter. We will not rest until we have a new constitution for a better Alabama.”

   Perry said that he was excited to be back in his home state and working on such a critical issue.

   “Constitutional reform is a tremendous opportunity and an absolute necessity for our state to move forward in the 21st century,” he said.

Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform is a non-partisan, grassroots organization working to achieve a new constitution for the state of Alabama. It was organized in the summer of 2000 by citizens from across the state working to replace Alabama’s 1901 constitution, the nation’s longest such document with over 700 amendments.

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