By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Monday, Audri Scott Williams formally qualified as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 2.
“I’ve been to each county in this district, talking to groups from every generation, faith, and background, and I have never been more moved by the urgency of the moment,” Williams said. “Throughout my campaign, I’ve found that people don’t just want leadership, they want responsiveness and accountability to their lives and to the outcomes they can see day-by-day.”
“They want to know that their need for healthcare, living wages, equality, and a future for our children will be met with solutions instead of with tired refrains that trade what is necessary for what is politically expedient,” Williams said.
Williams enters the race as one of the few black women to ever run for the seat held by Republicans since 2010. If she wins, she will be the first black elected official in Congressional District 2 since Reconstruction following the Civil War.
“What we learned from the Doug Jones victory is that it’s collective action, not history, that decides who wins,” Williams said. “What Alabama becomes is in the hands of those Alabamians who reach out to build the future we want to see. We Are the Change is more than our campaign’s slogan; it’s a reminder to all that we as citizens still hold the power to shape where we’ve gone and where we can go.”
Audri Scott Williams is a Global Trustee for United Religions Initiative. Williams is a former U.S. Army Reservist, former Dean at Charles County Community College, author, World Peace Walker and activist. She is a mother of three sons, a grandmother of 14 and is in a loving relationship with her life partner of 15 years.
Williams said that she has been a servant of the people locally, nationally and internationally for over three decades. Williams said that she has fought against religious persecution of Christians, Jews and Muslims in foreign countries, served with distinction in our nation’s armed forces, committed herself to civic engagement through activism and stayed firm to the principles of faith, community, equality and family. She has received numerous awards for her service to humanity, including a “Service to Humanity” award from President William Clinton.
Williams faces a Democratic primary battle with Tabitha Isner.
The 2nd Congressional District is currently held by incumbent Martha Roby, R-Montgomery. Roby faces a competitive GOP primary from State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, former Alabama Courts administrator Rich Hobson and U.S. Army Sergeant Major Tommy Amason.
Major party qualifying ends on Friday, Feb. 9.
The major party primaries are on June 5, 2018.