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Sewell Crushes Primary Opponent

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 3, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) cruised through the Alabama Democratic Primary in her effort to win a third term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.

U.S. Representative Sewell said, “Today the people of Alabama’s 7th District honored me with their votes, and I am excited to have the privilege of continuing to be their representative in Washington.  Four years ago we began this journey to provide resources and opportunities in the 7th District, and I am proud that the people of the district have endorsed the job we’ve done and believe we can tackle the work that lies ahead.  I will continue to fight for better economic opportunities and to stand up to Republicans who try to roll back our progress.  I have President Barack Obama’s back in Congress, and I want my constituents to know that we are both working hard for them!  Thanks to the people of the 7th District for having MY back at the polls today.”

Sewell was endorsed by everybody from the New South Coalition, to the Alabama Democratic Caucus, to the Business Council of Alabama, to the Alabama Farmer’s Federation, and even President Barack Obama (D).

President Obama said in a statement back in April, “I have known Terri since law school, and she has always been a strong voice and tireless advocate for the people of Alabama.  In Congress, Terri has stood by me though the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and we’ve stood up to Republicans who’ve tried to roll back our progress time and time again. Terri has been working tirelessly to promote job creation and investment in skills training and workforce development. I am proud to once again support her re-election, so we can continue the fight for our shared values.”

Congresswoman Sewell is the first Black woman to serve in Congress representing the State of Alabama.  Rep. Sewell had 74,744 votes (84 percent of the votes cast).  Her opponent, former Birmingham City Attorney Tamara Harris Johnson, received just 14,282 votes (16 percent).

Sewell is currently serving her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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She is seeking a third term as Representative of District 7, which covers 14 counties including parts of Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, and most of Alabama’s Black Belt counties.

Alabama’s other incumbent congress members also cruised to easy victories in their party primaries against weak challengers.  Rep. Mike Rogers (R) from Saks received 74% of the votes in the Third District Republican Primary over Thomas Casson from Auburn.  Huntsville’s Rep. Mo Brooks (R) received 80% of the primary vote over Jerry Hill.  No political observers expect any of Alabama’s six Congressional incumbents to face serious challengers in November.

Rep. Sewell has no Republican opponent in the November election.


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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