Campaign News
July 06, 2009

Terri Sewell Raises over $290,000

Media Contact: Casey O'Shea 202-470-6283

July 6, 2009
Media Contact:
Casey O'Shea
Birmingham, AL – Democrat Terri Sewell, candidate for Artur Davis’ open seat in Congress, announced today that she will report over $290,000 since she entered the race.  Sewell raised $167,000 in the second quarter and has $247,000 available to spend to date.  Sewell has raised more money at this point in her campaign than any challenger or open seat candidate in Alabama history.  Artur Davis had raised $21,000 at the same point when he defeated Earl Hilliard in 2002.

“We’re off to a fast and strong start and I’m honored at the broad coalition of support that we’ve been able to attract from across the district.  Supporters are energetic and optimistic about what we can accomplish for the 7th Congressional district.  Despite the struggling economy, people know that we can create new jobs, improve public schools and expand healthcare.  That’s what I’m going to focus on in Congress and continue to move West Alabama forward,” 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.
“I’ll focus on creating the jobs of the future in west Alabama so more families can achieve the American Dream.  To do it we need to refocus our attention on small businesses and allow our local businesses to invest more of their profits, tax free, to help create jobs.  We also have to stop big corporations from taking our tax money for job creation but then moving Alabama 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.

Terri Sewell for Congress
P.O. Box 1964
Birmingham, AL 35201

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