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Monday, April 6, 2009

Hilliard to run for Congress

State Rep. Earl Hilliard Jr. announced on Monday he will seek the congressional office that his father once occupied and that will be left open by the gubernatorial run of U.S. Rep. Artur Davis.
Hilliard, who represents Jefferson County in the Legislature, will run for the 7th Congressional District.
"When I first ran for the House we knocked on every door at least three times letting people know we were running and asking them for their vote," Hilliard said in a release. "We will be financially competitive but our priority will be at the grassroots organizational level."
Hilliard, an attorney and filmmaker who was elected to the Legislature in 2006, was a delegate for then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He said he wants to help turn around the economy and boost the nation's standing in the world. In a release, the legislator said it is critical for the next congressman from the district to support Obama.
He said jobs will be his first priority and reforming health care will be his second.
Hilliard, 39, is an adoptive and foster parent.
Earl Hilliard Sr. was the first black to be elected to Congress from Alabama since Reconstruction. He lost his seat to Davis in a heavily contested election in 2002.
The district includes Birmingham, Selma, Tuscaloosa and much of the Black Belt.
Birmingham attorney Terri Sewell, a Selma native, also has announced she is running. Other potential candidates, according to various state media outlets, include Senate President Pro Tem Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, State Sen. Bobby Singleton of Greensboro, Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot, and former Selma Mayor James Perkins.

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-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen


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