The Alabama New South Alliance, one of the top progressive organizations in Alabama, announced recently that it will endorse Anthony Daniels in the 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary.
With more than 40 county affiliates and thousands of members, the ANSA is a powerful force in Democratic politics in the state, and its endorsements – which typically go to the candidates with the best plans and political track records for working for the poor and underserved – are considered highly valuable.
The endorsement is the biggest yet in the race for Alabama’s newly-drawn congressional district, where Democrats are expected to be favorites to pick up a seat long held by Republicans. That shift in expectations is largely due to the U.S. Supreme Court deeming Alabama’s old voting maps to be discriminatory and requiring state lawmakers to redraw the district in order to provide Black Alabamians with more congressional representation.
“I am honored that the New South Alliance would offer its endorsement to me and that it recognizes the work I’ve done over my career in politics in this state to serve all people, and particularly those who our government often forgets,” Daniels said. “From reforming health care to bringing more jobs and better educational opportunities, I have proven during my time in the state legislature that I focus on meaningful legislation that provides our neediest citizens and hardest workers with the opportunities and resources they need. I will continue to do so as the Congressman representing the 2nd District.”
The Alliance also announced that it planned to support Congresswoman Terri Sewell for re-election in District 7 and would back Tonya Chestnut for the 5th District position on the State School Board of Education.
Daniels is one of 12 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in CD2. A televised debate is scheduled for February.