In a move that came as a surprise to many, Tuscaloosa businessman Darryl McKinstry has announced himself as a candidate for the Tuscaloosa County Commission. There's just one thing, though: He'll have to be a write-in.

McKinstry is well known in the community.  As the owner and operator of McKinstry Banquet Hall, his venue has hosted numerous weddings, parties, forums, and other events.  He served the city of Tuscaloosa as a police officer, and since his retirement, McKinstry has used his knowledge and experience as an officer to assist in educating the community on various policies and procedures.

In recent months, those familiar with his passion for the community have encouraged McKinstry to run for public office, specifically for mayor.  However, McKinstry has set his sight elsewhere.

Today I’m officially Announcing That I’m Asking for your Vote For Tuscaloosa County Commisioner District 4 As a WRITE-IN...

Posted by Darryl McKinstry on Friday, September 18, 2020

McKinstry has open discussion with the Tuscaloosa community every Tuesday and Thursday evening via Facebook Live in a segment he created called the T-Town 411 Report. So, his potential constituents already have a glimpse into his concerns as a community leader.

As the husband of District 7 Council Representative Sonya McKinstry in addition to his own professional experience, Darryl has insight into numerous functionalities of politics and the procedures for getting certain interests accomplished. However, McKinstry knows that his candidacy will require a bit of extra work as it pertains to the voter, as his name will not be listed on the ballot.

A map of the district indicates its primary location as covering southwest Tuscaloosa County, neighboring Pickens County and Greene County alike.  The District 4 seat on the Tuscaloosa County Commission is currently occupied by Reginald Murray, who has held the position for over 20 years.

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