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Congresswoman Terri Sewell endorses Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma) announced that she is endorsing Doug Jones (D) for US Senate.

US Representative Terri Sewell said, “Doug Jones shares the Democratic values that my constituents and I hold dear and he is my choice to represent Alabama in the United States Senate. His experience as a US Attorney in fighting for the most vulnerable among us demonstrates his strong commitment to being a voice for the voiceless.”

Senate candidate Doug Jones said that he was proud to accept the endorsement of Congresswoman Terri Sewell: “We are honored to have received the endorsement of Congresswoman Sewell. She has been a tireless champion for economic development, job creation and voting rights throughout the 7th Congressional District of Alabama. As a Member of Congress, she has fought relentlessly to preserve our national security, promote job creation and ensure that all Americans have access to quality and affordable healthcare.”

Congresswoman Terri Sewell represents the 7th District of Alabama encompassing Tuscaloosa, Selma, Montgomery, and parts of Birmingham. She has served in Congress since 2011 as the first Black woman elected to Alabama’s Congressional delegation.

Sewell added, “Doug displayed political courage in prosecuting and convicting the last perpetrator of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church which caused the deaths of the 4 little girls. While it was justice delayed, justice was not denied because Doug made it so. We need that same tenacity in the US Senate fighting for all Alabamians. I plan to vote for Doug Jones for US Senate and urge you to do the same.”

Jones said, “Congresswoman Sewell has committed her time and efforts in Congress to protecting and preserving the rich civil rights and voting rights legacy of this great state. I am honored to receive her full support and to have her as an ally in the fight for equality and prosperity for all Alabamians.”

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Doug Jones is a Birmingham area attorney and former US Attorney under the Bill Clinton (D) Administration from 1997 to 2001. During his first year in that office, Jones led a re-investigation into the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four little girls and horrified the nation.  The office convicted two former Klansmen for the murder of the four black girls attending Sunday School at the Church   Doug Jones also has experience in the Senate working for the late Senator Howell Heflin (D-Alabama).  He has had a long affiliation with the Alabama Democratic Party.

Jones was recently endorsed by the influential Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC).  ADC Chairman Joe Reed said that Jones was the most electable Democrat in a General Election.

Jones is running for US Senate as a Democrat to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) when Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General.

There are seven candidates running in the Alabama Democratic Party Special Primary Election for U.S. Senate. Qualified candidates are Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Charles Nana.

Brian McGee has dropped out of the race and endorsed Doug Jones.

Congresswoman Sewell represents Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District and is the only Democrat in Alabama’s congressional delegation.

Both the Democratic and Republican Primaries will be on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  If necessary, there will be primary runoffs on September 26.  The special general election will be held on December 12.

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

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