Congressional candidate Beatrice Nichols released a statement on Friday blasting her Democratic opponent and her congressional majorities for the record unemployment that hurts families – even those with jobs and incomes.

Nichols is the Republican nominee in Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District where she is challenging incumbent Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Selma).

“Terri Sewell and the Democrats couldn’t prevent inflation or high gas prices, even though they control the House, Senate, AND the Presidency,” Nichols said in a statement. “Why should we think they have the answers now?”

Sewell is viewed by some as vulnerable after her district was redrawn to include many more White Republicans than it had in the past. It has gone from a strong 'Blue' (Democrat) district to a 'Purple' (mixed Democrat and Republican) one that could potentially flip to the GOP if there is low Democratic turnout, as there was in the Democratic primary and runoff elections.

To this end, Washington Democrats have launched an ad campaign in the Seventh Congressional District in which they are vowing to clamp down on private businesses and corporations making high profits from fuel prices.

Republicans argue that oil companies and gas station owners are not primarily responsible for the record high gas prices that voters have experienced this year, putting responsibility on Democrats’ policies, including Biden’s promised “war on oil,” particularly American domestic oil and gas production.

“This is an attempt by the wealthy Washington elites to convince overlooked minorities in District 7 that their only choice is to continue to vote Democratic regardless of their current circumstances and that Republicans are against them,” Nichols said in response to the expensive ad campaign. “What I want the voters of District 7 to know is that they have a voice, and it needs to be heard! If Terri Sewell wasn’t able to prevent the gas crisis, why should we think she is able to fix it?

“If you choose to send me to Congress as YOUR representative, I will fight to lower gas prices by encouraging American energy independence and promoting an increase in domestic oil production. Demand for affordable gas is high, and we’ve got to increase our supply to keep up.”

Nichols said the 7th Congressional District has a choice to make.

“The people of the 7th District don’t have to settle!  In November, the people of the 7th District will have a choice,” Nichols said. “Either vote for more of the same empty rhetoric and the same party line policies or send me to Congress to fight for you.  It’s time to get things done and expect nothing less than an organized plan to prosper all of 7!  I am in this fight for you and with you!  This is my community and home too!  We need someone in Washington whose allegiance will begin and end with the people, not a party! I will not be swayed by politics, money, or influence.  My commitment will be with the people of the 7th District.

“As a Christian, my priority is to put others' needs ahead of my own and to love others as myself. Philippians 2:3-4 states: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  You can expect no less than that from me every single time.  Let’s join together, unite, and bring hope, faith, and a better future to our district now and for generations to come!”

Nichols, Sewell and Libertarian Gavin Goodman are running in Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District race on the Nov. 8 general election.

Sewell is a six-term incumbent and the only Democrat representing Alabama in the United States Congress.

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