For Immediate Release
Contact: Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
NOW Congratulates Terri Sewell on Definitive Victory in Alabama
July 14, 2010
The National Organization for Women congratulates Terri Sewell for her definitive runoff victory in Alabama last night. Sewell is now the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th Congressional District, and she will go on to challenge GOP candidate Don Chamberlain in the general election. NOW's Political Action Committee proudly endorsed Sewell, a first-time candidate for public office, early in her campaign and highlighted Sewell's race at the recent National NOW Conference. The Washington Post reports that Sewell is favored to win in November.
"NOW is thrilled that voters again selected Terri Sewell as their choice for the Democratic nomination, and we're especially thrilled to hear that she is the favorite to win this seat," said NOW Executive Vice President Bonnie Grabenhofer. "We agree that she is a strong candidate, and we are particularly inspired by her potential to make a difference for women and girls."
As the first black female partner in her Birmingham law firm, Sewell distinguished herself as one of the only black public finance lawyers in Alabama. She has helped to raise money for some of the state's most underserved public entities and served as the first co-chair of the Women's Fund "Voices Against Violence" inaugural campaign, which promoted women helping women to overcome domestic violence.
If she wins in November, Sewell would become the first black woman elected to Congress from the state of Alabama, following in the footsteps of her mother, Nancy Gardner Sewell, who was the first black woman elected to the Selma City Council.
"NOW PAC will continue to work with Terri Sewell to ensure her victory in November. She is exactly the kind of woman we need in Congress," said Grabenhofer. "We can't wait to see her take on Capitol Hill and advance equal rights for all."