Due to winning the seat on the SDEC Black Political Caucus of Alabama, Branch will automatically serve on the county’s Democratic executive committee as well. Branch now helps represent District 4 in the state, which covers the following counties: Walker, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Marion, Marshall, St. Clair, Cullman, DeKalb and Blount. He also will be in charge of different areas in Walker County, such as Cordova, Carbon Hill, Jasper, Dora, Empire, Oakman, Yerkwood and Sipsey.
“It gives me a chance to keep up with all state electorates and state politicians, and it also gives me an opportunity to be included in voting on some candidates that are running in the state of Alabama,” Branch said. “It has a lot bearings to it. It also means I may have to make quite a few more trips to Montgomery.”
Branch said he has been interested in politics for the past 50 years.
He currently serves on the Cordova City Council, where he has held the District 1 seat since 2000, and as the Walker County chairman in the Alabama Democratic Conference for the past eight years.
“All of these counties labeled in District 4 will come under my jurisdiction,” Branch said. “... It will be my responsibility to make connections with the cities and towns.”
He also pointed out the Alabama Democratic Conference annual membership goal for Walker County.
According to information provided by Branch, “each county is based on 3 percent of the black voting age population for that county except that no county membership goal is less than 50 members.”
“Walker County has 88. That means I have to have 88 members for a caucus, where it used to be 50,” he said. “... They raised mine from 50 to 88 due to the increase in the ones that registered to vote. And, I did that to myself because I go out here when they turn 18, and I register them to vote.”