Campaign News
January 03, 2009

Terri Sewell Raises Over $120,000

Contact: Craig Auster, (845) 612-3266

Birmingham, AL – Democrat Terri Sewell, the only announced candidate in the race to fill Congressman Artur Davis’ seat, announced today that she will report $123,717.69 raised since January 28th on her first Federal Election Commission finance report. Sewell will start the second quarter with $119,920 cash on hand.

“I’m running for Congress for one simple reason: to unite this district behind the powerful notion that if you work hard enough in Alabama ... the American Dream awaits you. Voters are responded to my message and I am honored that so many have already contributed to my campaign,” said Sewell.

Sewell is a Selma native who works as an attorney in Birmingham. She is the daughter of retired Coach Andrew A. Sewell and former City Councilwoman and retired librarian Nancy Gardner Sewell. Both her parents held distinguished careers in the Selma public school system and taught Terri to believe in the power of education. Terri became the first black valedictorian of Selma High School. Terri’s mother was the first black woman elected to the Selma City Council; Terri hopes to follow in her footsteps as the first black woman elected to Congress from the State of Alabama.

“My top priority in Congress will be economic development and creating jobs. Too many of us in West Alabama have been living in a bad economy for much longer than the rest of the country. In parts of this district we’ve been poor for so long that we’ve given up the hope of ever reaching the middle class. On my watch, I’ll start to restore that hope because we can’t afford to turn a blind eye to eroding jobs and industry anymore. That’s why I support using Federal money to create jobs by investing in locally owned and run businesses. I’ll push for more tax cuts and tax breaks that will allow our local businesses invest more of their profits, tax free, while going after the corporations that take our tax money for job creation then move our jobs overseas,” said Sewell.

Terri has been featured on NBC’s Today Show as one of the “Top Collegian Women” and was chosen as one of the “Top Ten College Women in America,” by Glamour Magazine. After law school, Terri served as a judicial law clerk in Birmingham, Alabama to the Honorable Chief Judge U.W. Clemon, United States District Court (AL-ND), Alabama’s first black federal judge. She served as the first co-chair of the Women’s Fund “Voices Against Violence” inaugural campaign, that provided funds to establish the first Domestic Violence Court in Birmingham Municipal Court. In addition to her community service, Terri was named an Alabama Super Lawyer for 2008 & 2009 and was honored with the 2007 Minority Business “Rising Star” award by the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ). She was also selected by the BBJ as one of the “Top Birmingham Women” in 2005. Terri is a lifetime member of Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma and currently worships at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham.

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