AL7: Sewell Has Big Cash Edge in Open-Seat Contest
The Birmingham News (10/17, Orndorff) reports that in the race for the AL7 seat of retiring Rep. Artur Davis (D), Terri Sewell (D) "has collected more than $317,000 so far, including during a three-month period when she brought in more than $100,000. ... Also in the 7th District race is state Rep. Earl Hilliard Jr. of Birmingham, whose father held the congressional seat until after Davis beat him in the 2002 Democratic primary. Hilliard reports having about $29,000 in cash, and debt of about $5,400. He already is paying a fundraiser, a consultant and a pollster, according to his expense report." Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot "shows she had about $39,000 cash on hand and raised about $14,000 the past three months."