Packard to run for Sec of State
Packard, who resides in Prattville, seems to be an authority in the field of election administration as he's penned articles for academic journals as well as many Alabama newspapers. Packard even maintains a blog in which he lends his expertise to items of the day.
Packard will run as a Democrat, but has served under administrations of both parties. Though Packard's qualifications seem unassailable, the political path in front of him will not be easy to navigate. Packard would not only have to dispatch incumbent Nancy Worley in the primary, but also face quasi-incumbent Auditor Beth Chapman in the general.
There are too many unanswered political questions at the moment to fully gauge Packard's chances, but it is encouraging to see individuals with obvious expertise and experience in their field who are willing to enter the public arena to serve.