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Auburn City Council Member Announces Primary Run for Commission

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Auburn, AL, January 15, 2012: Auburn city councilwoman Sheila Eckman announces her candidacy for Lee County Commission, District 1, which encompasses the northwest corner of the county, including all of her current City Council ward, Ward 2.

“I meant to finish out this term on Council,” says Eckman, “but I’ve seen how much of our tax money goes through the County coffers, seen how County decisions impact Auburn citizens, and I have a concern about the need for more transparency on County Commission. Much of my current city ward, Ward 2, actually abuts the County.”

“Commission District 1 is larger than my City Ward,” says Eckman. “It takes in downtown Auburn and about one-third of the rest of the City, as well as parts of Loachapoka, Waverly, and Notasulga. It extends north to Gold Hill. I learned a lot about northwest Lee County while working with the Land Trust of East Alabama. So I am well familiar with rural communities such as Roxana, Farmville, James, Ridge Grove and Macon’s Mill.

Eckman neither sought nor accepted contributions for her three successful City Council races, believing that local political offices should be accessible to those without means or influence. Her county commission campaign will be no exception. “I just don’t see how you can take money, and then forget who gave it to you. Historically, some donors have had business interests related to the County.”

“I’ve always been Republican. I’m a conservative ‘less is more’ person when it comes to government at any level,” says Eckman. ”Because of my stances about our environment, however, I sometimes have been perceived otherwise. But what is more conservative than conservation?”

Eckman is available to speak to groups large and small and will be utilizing yard signs, email, social media and a website to get out her message. “I’m counting on those who have supported me to share my thoughts with their friends in District 1. And I’m hoping some of those in other city wards who have told me they wished they could vote for me will now realize they can!”

Eckman can be reached at 334-750-9666,, or, soon,

The primary election is March 13.

Paid for by Sheila H. Eckman, 430 Deer Run Road, Auburn, AL 36832 / [334] 750.9666