Moore positive about future of region

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 15, 2004

DEMOPOLIS – On Strawberry Street there were mixed emotions at Thomas Moore’s camp. There was gratitude for those who turned out, disappointment for the loss and a feeling of peace with the way the campaign was run. All in all, those who supported Moore were proud of their candidate and proud of the effort he put forth.

As for Moore, he also felt they had fought the good fight. While turnout was low in many areas Moore said he was happy to see Marengo County hit the polls to support him.

“I was not disappointed with the turnout in Marengo County,” Moore said. “I thought we did an excellent job with the dynamics being the way they were.”

During the campaign there was a great deal of focus on areas other than issues. Moore said it was likely this hurt him in the end.

“I think my undoing was that the electorate was inflamed with emotional type rhetoric,” Moore said. “I would not resort to that. That is just not the way I was raised. It is not what I believe in and I would never resort to that. I didn’t want the office that badly to have to resort to that.”

While the numbers did not come out in his favor, Moore felt his camp had gone above and beyond. Most importantly, he said they kept their composure in a tough race.

“I am proud of the campaign team,” Moore said. “I am proud of my supporters. They did an excellent job.”

Moore said he could accept this bump in the road. He said as long as he knew he had done things the right way he would stick with his way of doing things

“If I had it to do again I would do it the same way. No question about it,” Moore said. “Whatever happened because of our campaign I can live with it. I’m totally at peace with myself. I’m all right.”

Tammy Maul, who had been a key Moore supporter, said she was glad to be a part of the Moore team. Maul said the campaign was run clean and fair and she was proud to have been a part of it.

“Mr. Moore ran a clean race,” Maul said. “We decided early on that we would not get into the slander game and we were hoping that everyone would run on their record and work as hard as we could.”

Demopolis Mayor Cecil P. Williamson said she was disappointed Moore did not win, but also happy with the way the campaign was run.

“I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to pull it off,” Williamson said. “But I am proud of Mr. Moore for running an honest clean race.”

Moore’s son, Thomas Jr., also expressed his pride with the integrity his father showed.

“Of course we are disappointed that he did not pull it out, but we ran a good race,” Moore Jr. said. “That is all you can ask for. We are a little disappointed with the turnout, but we ran a good race.”