The Birmingham Downtown Democrats met on Friday and at their luncheon all of the candidates for the 7th Congressional district spoke.
Here is Terri Sewell's six minute presentation. Thanks, Mooncat.
"I will go to Congress and make sure that health care gets passed. A comprehensive health care legislation that includes a public option. It's critically important for all of this district. And do know that I will fight for that."
Now we know that one congressperson cannot "make sure" that any legislation gets passed (although we do know that one congressman can make sure it doesn't get passed). And hopefully health care legislation will be in place long before she gets there. But what is important, and impressive, is the passion and commitment that she brings.
Terri understands that employment is the main issue in the district and that education is the key to economic development. Listen to what she says.
"Education I believe is the best economic plan ever devised - a good education."
"I have been working ... as a finance attorney working on behalf of local authorities and helping local governments attract industries. Putting together public and private partnerships that actually attract industries which create jobs."
One of the reasons I am so interested in Terri's campaign is because I firmly believe that it's time we sent a woman to Washington. Terri would not only represent the people of the 7th Congressional District, she would represent all of the women of Alabama.
There are other women, good women, in this race, but Terri has received the support and endorsement of an Alabama hero, Lilly Ledbetter.
“There are a lot of choices in the 7th district race, but Terri Sewell stands above the rest. Terri will work with President Obama to promote and pass bills to help working people, create new jobs, pass health care reform and level the playing field for women and minorities in Alabama,” said Ledbetter.
She has also received the endorsements from several advocacy groups for women, among them Emily's List, the Women's Campaign Forum, and the National Organization of Women PAC.
If you don't know Terri, you need to know that she was 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.
If we bring Terri to Bessemer would you come to meet her and hear her? We're working on it.