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Democratic candidate for 2nd Congressional District withdraws

The Democratic field for Alabama’s newly-drawn 2nd District is down to 12.

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There is one less candidate in the crowded field for Alabama’s 2nd congressional seat. 

Darryl Sinkfield, the assistant executive director for field services with the Alabama Education Association, announced Wednesday that he was withdrawing from the race after realizing that the campaign was preventing him from fulfilling several responsibilities. 

“Although I have received several notes and calls of support for my congressional run, I began to reflect on my existing commitments to the same people in this district,” Sinkfield wrote. “I realized that being unable to honor my existing commitments and obligations would violate my core values. I also reminded myself that having a heart for service is more important than any particular title or position, which includes running for this seat. 

“With that in mind, I have decided to withdraw from the race to represent and serve the 2nd Congressional District.” 

Sinkfield was considered a longshot to win the race, but his AEA backing and relationships with a number of important people, including the Reed family, made him an interesting candidate. A number of insiders predicted that he could be a factor in the race. 

According to sources familiar with Sinkfield’s decision, it had become increasingly obvious over the last few weeks that Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels was rapidly securing support — both financially and through endorsements — of key figures around Montgomery, making Sinkfield’s, and other Montgomery-based candidates’, pathway to a victory extremely difficult. In the meantime, other established candidates, including Reps. Jeremy Gray, Napoleon Bracy and Juandalynn Givan, have secured support from other key figures outside of Montgomery. 

Sinkfield’s exit leaves an even dozen Democrats vying for the position. 

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Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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