Incumbent Melinda Gilbert is seeking re-election to the Jackson County Commission District 3. Gilbert, a Scottsboro High School Class of 1986 graduate, is from Hollywood and currently lives in Scottsboro. She is a teacher and bus driver at Bridgeport Elementary School.
Also, she has served on numerous education committees, been Vice-President, President, and state delegate for the JCEA and Alabama Education Association. Melinda is one of very few women to have served on the county commission.
Gilbert is the daughter of Charles “Joe” Gilbert and Martha “Margaret” Gilbert of Hollywood. The granddaughter of the late John and Ruby Odom of Hollywood, Juanita Haswell of Bellefonte, and Wint Gilbert of Oneonta. She has one brother Bobby Gilbert of Huntsville, formerly of Hollywood.
“Serving the county and its citizens has been both an honor and a pleasure. Speaking up for those who need a voice and working to improve the life in Jackson County is what drives me to public service,” Gilbert said.
She admits after three years on the commission she encounters new problems every day and is constantly learning about different aspects of the job. County government is more in-depth and complicated than most realize.
“I have spent many days in the courthouse in different areas learning different jobs so when items come before the commission, I will have a better understanding of what is going on”, Gilbert added.
She said she has even been out with the road crews, supervisors and the engineer on several occasions to gain a better prospective of the work. Being a woman “in a man’s world” is tough enough, therefore being determined to understand the traditional male world has been a goal of hers.
“I have walked many days behind a patching truck, filling potholes alongside the workers, ridden with supervisors/engineers to inspect work areas in an attempt to gain a better understanding of roadwork”, she said.
Gilbert said although she spends most evenings and weekends following up with citizens and department heads as a part of her duties as commissioner and she would not have it any other way. She loves helping the people of Jackson County.
“I would love the opportunity to continue the work I have started on the infrastructure problems in our county and work alongside the legislature, EDA, the municipalities and other agencies to recruit new industry and better jobs to our area,” Gilbert said.
“I ask you to vote Melinda Gilbert for Jackson County Commission District 3 on March 3. Thank you.”