By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, the Committee to Elect Cheryl Ciamarra held a house District 43 campaign kick off event hosted by over a dozen conservatives at Brava Restaurant on the corner of Valleydale and Caldwell Mill Road in North Shelby County.
Cheryl Ciamarra (R) announced that her candidacy for state house seat 43 has already been endorsed by the Conservative Christians of Alabama (CCOA) and the Alabama Citizens for Life.
Senate Majority Leader Jabo Wagoner (R) from Vestavia was in attendance as the honored guest speaker, but would not endorse any one candidate during the primary for the four house races in his Senate District. Sen. Wagoner did say, “I’ve known Cheryl for a long time, she has been down in Montgomery for many years, the legislative process is complicated, and she knows the process well, she will be able to hit the ground running as a legislator.
Ciamarra said that the Alabama legislature needs more Conservative women. Too many times pro-Life bills go down at the microphone when conservative men face off with liberal women. Ciamarra said that she can stand at that microphone and stand up to those liberal Democratic women. Ciamarra has been heavily involved in the Alabama Pro-Life movement.
Longtime Ciamarra family friends, Rev. John Killian, conservative activists, University of Alabama College Republicans and the five Ciamarra children were in attendance at the event.
Ms. Ciamarra said on Facebook, “Alabama House District 43 is a special place for myself and my family. It would be an honor to serve as your representative in Montgomery. I will be responsive and dedicated to the concerns of families and businesses in our district.”
Incumbent State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R) from Indian Springs is not seeking re-election.
Ms. Ciamarra told The Alabama Political Reporter that McClurkin did much for the State as a legislator, and that she feels the State needs another Conservative woman to take her place. Ciamarra said that McClurkin carried the bills for the Pro-Life movement.
On Tuesday, Ciamarra as well as her District 43 opponents, former Miss Alabama Amie Beth Shaver and Arnold Mooney all spoke at the Rainy Day Patriots candidates forum in Homewood. That event, like the Ciamarra fundraiser, was covered in person by the ‘Alabama Political Reporter.’ A fourth candidate, longtime Pelham-area optometrist Douglas Clark, is also making a bid to replace McClurkin in 2014.
Ciamarra is a member of the National Rifleman’s Association, Alabama Eagle Forum, is a small business owner, and a member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Cheryl graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette, Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a Psychology Minor, and diagnosis of reading disorders specialty. She also has a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from LSU Medical School.