By Brandon Moseley

State Rep. Merika Coleman (D) on Tuesday qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party for Alabama State Senate District 19.

“Blessed is an understatement - thank you for everyone’s support thus far as we #goforthegold on May 24, 2022. #TeamColeman let’s get it done,” Coleman posted on social media after qualifying.

“If elected to represent the 19th District of #Alabama in the State Senate, I will work to ensure safer communities, economic development, equitable education, and stronger social justice,” Coleman said in a statement.

Coleman is running for the seat currently held by Priscilla Dunn (D-Birmingham). Dunn has been in increasingly poor health and is not seeking another term in the legislature.

“The fight for justice is ongoing, whether it be social, racial or economic,” Coleman posted on her website.

Coleman said she will continue to implement measures for social justice and women’s rights.

“As a woman, I’ve worked tirelessly to protect the rights of women across Alabama,” Coleman said. “As a State Senator, I’ll continue that work and fight to ensure women’s rights to their own bodies and healthcare decisions are not sequestered.”

Coleman has served five terms in the Alabama House of Representatives representing HD57. She is also an assistant professor of political science at Miles College.

Democratic qualifying began on Monday, Dec. 6. Republican qualifying will not open until Jan.

The Democratic primary is May 24, 2022.