In a runoff election this Tuesday, Alabama voters cast their ballots for Terri Sewell and helped her move one step closer to becoming the state's next member of congress. NOW's Political Action Committee proudly endorsed Sewell, a first-time candidate for public office, early in her campaign. Most recently, NOW highlighted Sewell's race at our 2010 National Conference. Sewell is running for an open seat in the House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th Congressional District. Help Terri win in November!
The July 13 runoff between Sewell and Shelia Smoot determined who would face the GOP candidate in the November election. Sewell received 55 percent of the vote to Smoot's 44 percent. NOW President and NOW/PAC Chair Terry O'Neill says: "NOW congratulates Terri Sewell, and we look forward to continuing to work together toward a win in November. Early support for women candidates is critical to their success. We must continue backing women like Terri Sewell if we hope to achieve gender parity in government. And it is critical that the women we support be strong leaders for full equality for women and girls -- just like Terri." Help send Terri to Capitol Hill!
If she wins in November, Sewell would become the first black woman elected to Congress from the state of Alabama, following in the footsteps of her mother, Nancy Gardner Sewell, who was the first black woman elected to the Selma City Council.
Terri told NOW: "We live in a time when women are paid less for the same work as men and are charged more for health care premiums than men. This proves that despite the gains women have made in the past couple of decades, there is much work to be done to ensure equality for women and girls in America. I will be a tireless advocate for equality and I look forward to working with NOW in Congress to do just that."
We need more women like Terri on Capitol Hill. Help us elect Terri Sewell and other strong feminist leaders by contributing to the NOW/PAC. Learn more from the NOW/PAC profile on Terri Sewell.