The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Area Politics

Congratulations to Priscilla Dunn, the new state senator (after she is sworn in) for District 19.

A few comments.

When's the last time you heard of this happening. More people voted in the runoff between Dunn and Merika Coleman than voted in the May 12 Democratic primary for the seat. Yesterday (with 86 of 87 precincts reporting) 6,150 people voted, and in May 5,952 people voted. CW says that less people vote in runoffs in part because people who supported those who don't make the runoff tend to stay home. But this time, voters wanted to be sure that Dunn moved up to the Senate, giving her 3,444 votes to Coleman's 2,705 (56 % to 44%).

The good news here is that Coleman remains in the legislature, retaining her seat in the House. She's young and presumably will have opportunity to run for another office if she so chooses at a later date.

Also yesterday was a reception for State Rep. Earl Hilliard, Jr., who is running for U. S. House District 7, Artur Davis' seat. The 7th congressional district extends from Birmingham through Bessemer and part of Tuscaloosa through parts of the Black Belt including Selma.

Hilliard, and his wife Janine, were greeted at the home of State Rep. Patricia Todd and her partner Jen (just back in town from their whirlwind trip to DC and the Stonewall Event hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama).

Hilliard is 100% supportive of equality for the LGBT community, and he has shown this in his votes in Montgomery (he was one of only three reps to vote to include gender identity in the state hate crimes bill).

He's a champion for missing, exploited and parentless children and supportive of foster care and adoption.

He's also a filmmaker and president of Magic City Films, Inc.

Hilliard was named Freshman Legislator of the Year.

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