U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) might already have her first Democratic primary challenger for 2024, one day after a court-appointed special master released new congressional district map proposals.
State Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) told 1819 News on Tuesday he was considering challenging the incumbent Sewell.
"I'm putting together an exploratory committee to look at it. I was in D.C. this weekend and looking around for some consultants," Singleton said. "Since the maps came out, just kind of thinking about it. I want to put together something and I look forward to representing the people of the seventh congressional district. I think that we need someone who can represent the Black Belt and Jefferson County thoroughly because at this time I just feel like we're not getting the full representation that we should be getting so I'm looking forward to the challenge with Congresswoman Sewell, and I hope she's up for the run."
Barring a major surprise, the winner of the Democratic primary would likely be the next representative of the seventh congressional district.
"We're just exploring it and we're going to be checking things out. This is nothing definite. It's an exploratory committee that we're putting together and if it doesn't come to something that we look like we're going to do then I wish her good luck and hopefully that she'll look at representing our district to the fullest. Other than that, I plan on running," Singleton said.
Singleton was first elected to the State Senate in 2005. Prior to the State Senate, he served one term in the Alabama House. Sewell is in her seventh term as a congresswoman representing Alabama's seventh congressional district.
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