Alabama 2nd Congressional District

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Biography of a district: Alabama 2nd district residents lack health care access

BY: - November 30, 2023

The biggest health care issue in Alabama’s new 2nd Congressional District? A lack of access to it. It’s an old problem, said Dev Wakeley, a worker policy advocate for Alabama Arise, stemming from a lack of investment from the state and a lack of resources for those living there. “This is a Black Belt district. […]

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Biography of a district: Schools could benefit from more indirect funding

BY: - November 29, 2023

Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said that he wants his new congressional representative to have been a teacher, be married to a teacher or to come spend a day in one of his third grade classrooms. “See what it’s like to be a third grade teacher,” he said. Bazzell and other superintendents said […]

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Biography of a district: Infrastructure one of many challenges awaiting next representative

BY: - November 28, 2023

The new 2nd Congressional District, with a Black Voting Age Population (BVAP) of 48.7%, was intended to give Black Alabamians a better chance to choose their leaders. In the end, the new boundary lines for the district did what they are supposed to do — give African Americans more of a voice within the state’s […]

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The subject that never comes up in Alabama political campaigns? Alabama

BY: - November 27, 2023

Political campaigns in Alabama have one distinguishing feature: a total lack of interest in Alabama. Oh sure, a candidate will speak of “Alabama values” while brandishing a gun and explaining why some Alabamians don’t count. But if you want to talk about the state as you and I experience it, you’re not going to hear […]

A map of Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, running in the southern part of the state from Mississippi to Georgia.

At least 21 candidates qualify for Alabama 2nd Congressional District race

BY: - November 10, 2023

The race to fill Alabama’s new 2nd Congressional District will be a crowded one. At least 21 candidates – 13 Democrats and eight Republicans – had entered the race by the time qualifying ended at 5 p.m. on Friday. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the Democratic candidates were: James Averhart, a retired U.S. Marine and […]

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Sen. Merika Coleman to run in 2nd Congressional District

BY: - November 10, 2023

Sen. Merika Coleman, D-Pleasant Grove, will run for the 2nd Congressional District, the latest legislator to enter the contest. Coleman, an attorney by trade, said in a statement that she aimed to “amplify our shared values, break barriers, and build a future where every Alabamian’s voice is not just heard but celebrated.” “Together, let’s write […]

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Sen. Kirk Hatcher won’t run for 2nd Congressional District

BY: - November 10, 2023

Sen. Kirk Hatcher, D-Montgomery, said Friday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for the new 2nd Congressional District, a few weeks after becoming among the first Democrats to declare for the race. Hatcher, a member of the Alabama Senate since 2021, wrote in a text message Friday that he “ended an intense internal fight […]

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House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, Rep. Juandalynn Givan to run for 2nd Congressional District

BY: and - November 9, 2023

Two Alabama House Democrats said Thursday they would enter the 2nd Congressional race, joining a growing field on both sides. House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville, said Thursday he would jump into the race, after weeks of signaling his interest. Daniels, who has been in the House of Representatives since 2014, said in a phone […]