With Super Tuesday looming, political pundits across the country have been scrutinizing Alabama and the state’s newly redrawn Congressional District 2 because it offers the possibility of a second Democratic representative being elected from the state. As dominoes fall, that could affect the split between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House. A big spotlight will be turned on Alabama all election season because of that.
But that’s hardly the only race on Alabama’s ballot.
Two congressional districts that cover Jefferson County are on the ballot, and incumbents have challengers from their own parties in each.
State and local judges populate a lot of the ballot. And party nominees will be selected in Jefferson County races such as tax collector and Board of Education members.
Congressional District 7, held by Democrat Terri Sewell, also was redrawn by the court this year. The district takes in portions of Birmingham and the western Black Belt but not Montgomery. It has a Black voting age population of about 52%.
Sewell is being challenged this year by Democrat Chris Davis.
Much of Jefferson County is in District 7, for which Republican Gary Palmer is the representative. He also faces in-party competition from Gerrick Wilkins.
The District 2 race does have a local connection, as well. Several Birmingham-area politicians have thrown their hats in the ring for the race although they don’t live near the Black Belt-centric district. Those include Sen. Merika Coleman, D-Pleasant Grove; and Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham. Candidates from other parts of the state also have put their names in in an attempt to capture a rare open congressional seat that could be won by a Democrat.
For more information on that race and the candidates up and down the ballot, read:
Alabama and Jefferson County Democratic Candidates