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Rising Star Terri Sewell Named As Woman to Watch in Politics

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By Bridgette Outten,

Terri Sewell, who is running to be the first black woman to represent Alabama in the U.S. House of Representatives, was recently named as one of the “Next 10 Women to Watch in Politics.”

Voters will decide today if Sewell will be on the Democratic ticket for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Artur Davis.

But, “no matter what happens,” Politics Daily declared, “Sewell has already built a record of success that would have most high achievers calling it a day.

“The Harvard-trained lawyer was the first black valedictorian at her high school in historic Selma, Ala.  From there, Sewell went on to Princeton, where she was named one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year, then Harvard Law School and Oxford University in England. She worked as a corporate lawyer in both New York and Alabama, where she also worked pro-bono cases for school districts looking to raise money.”

Sewell’s opponent, Shelia Smoot, is also a black woman, so history will be made either way, the Flint Journal reported.


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July 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Race in 7th Congressional District could eventually send first black woman from Alabama to Capitol Hill

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By Thomas Spencer, Birmingham News

Arguably one of the most consequential races on Tuesday’s ballot is the Democratic run-off between lawyer Terri Sewell and Shelia Smoot, the Jefferson County commissioner who is giving up her seat for a shot at representing Alabama’s 7th District in the U.S. Congress.

Though Republicans Don Chamberlain and Chris Salter also face off Tuesday for a shot at the seat, the winner of the Democratic contest will more than likely win November’s general election and become Alabama’s first black congresswoman. The district is overwhelmingly Democratic: 84 percent of the voters in the district, which covers sections of Birmingham, Bessemer and Tuscaloosa along with most of the counties of Alabama’s Black Belt, selected the Democratic ballot in the June primary.

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July 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Essex County lawmaker Sheila Oliver positioned to become next Assembly Speaker

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Source: Newark Star-Ledger

sheila-oliverNewark native Sheila Oliver grew up among a family of labor leaders and civil rights activists — including a grandmother who organized a union at the Jersey City cigarette factory where she had worked in the 1930s.

On her block lived Rep. Donald Payne (D-10th Dist.), then an Essex County freeholder and president of the neighborhood watch group, and he became one of her earliest mentors.

So when the offer was dangled in front of Oliver to compete for the Assembly speaker’s post, the three-term Democratic legislator said she jumped at it, hungry for the chance to ascend the political ladder.

“My years in the Legislature have taught me if you want to be a catalyst for change, you have to be in the driver seat,” said Oliver, 57, an East Orange resident and assistant Essex County administrator. “I said if an opportunity existed I would be interested, no question.”

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October 1, 2009 at 8:48 am

Lumberton gets first African-American female mayor

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The new mayor of Lumberton says her administration will be transparent and more accountable to the citizens of that Lamar County town.

Mayor Miriam Holder was sworn-in to office Friday night by Circuit Judge Prentiss Harrell.

Holder defeated Mayor Larry Strahan and challenger Albert Young in last month’s election.

Holder is the first African-American woman to hold the top job in Lumberton. She says residents will see a positive change in city government.

“They can expect Lumberton to definitely move forward. We are going to complete projects that we have not completed and we are going to bring in everything that we can that will benefit the citizens of Lumberton,” Mayor Holder said.

Four new aldermen and one incumbent alderman were also sworn-in Friday night. Their first board meeting will be next Tuesday.

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July 7, 2009 at 9:17 am

Young Becomes Philadelphia MS First Black Mayor

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by Jim Prince and Debbie Myers, The Neshoba Democrat

James A. Young defeated incumbent Mayor Rayburn Waddell, 1,021-975, certified results from Tuesday’s Democrat primary runoff election show.

Forty-four affidavit ballots were examined by the Democrat Executive Committee Wednesday starting at about 5 p.m., and only 15 were accepted.

Young, a former four-term county supervisor, Pentecostal minister and paramedic who led the county ambulance service for nearly two decades, unseated Waddell to become Philadelphia’s first African-American mayor Tuesday with 51.15 percent of the vote. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Freeport elects first African-American mayor

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by Laura Rivera, Newsday

Freeport residents made history last month when they elected their first African-American mayor, Andrew Hardwick, a Democrat whose slate unseated the team of three-term incumbent Republican Mayor Bill Glacken.

Five days before his Monday swearing-in ceremony, mayor-elect Hardwick was still pinching himself. “I stopped slapping myself. My hands are too big. It hurts,” he joked. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 5, 2009 at 7:10 am

Sisterhood of Powerful Black Women in Washington Politics Comes to the Fore

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Krissah Thompson, Washington Post

monasutphenLike two old girlfriends catching up, they ignored onlookers, hugged and laughed.

Donna Brazile, the political strategist and Washington veteran, peppered Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson with questions.

“How are the kids?” “Have you contacted the church? I don’t go every Sunday but they know me.” Read the rest of this entry »