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Shomari Figures wins Democratic nomination in CD2

Democratic voters in Alabama's Second Congressional District went to the polls on Tuesday and voted to elect former Deputy Attorney General Shomari Figures as their congressional nominee in CD2.

Figures defeated House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) in the Democratic primary runoff election.

Figures received 21,926 votes (61.1%) to Daniels' 13,990 (38.9%).

"It's official! We are running for Congress to represent the new District 2 in Alabama! With your support, we can do this together! Our time is now! Let's Go!!!!!" Figures said on his campaign Facebook page.

"I did not do this alone," said Figures in his victory party. "This is not about one man. This is about the men, the women, children, the seniors, the teachers, the public service workers. All they want is a fair shot."

Figures is a Mobile native and had the endorsement of the entire Democratic delegation in Mobile County even though Daniels is the House Minority Leader.

Figures left his position with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington D.C. to return home and run for Congress after a federal court redrew CD2 to make it much more winnable for Democrats.

"Alabama is home," Figures said. "It is where I was raised in my grandfather's church and where I was educated from kindergarten to degree in law. The people and places of the state made me who I am today. Inspired by parents Michael and Vivian Figures, who devoted their careers to public service and instilled in me the values of service and community, I've dedicated my life's work to advocate for the people and places that have always been at the core of who I am: the people of Alabama."

Figures graduated from John L. LeFlore High School. He went on to the University of Alabama and has a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. Following law school, Figures went to work for the federal government. He has served in all three branches of the federal government and worked for both the Obama and Biden campaigns for President. Figures is the son of State Senator Vivian Figures (D-Mobile) and the late Sen. Michael Figures.

Figures will face Republican nominee Caroleene Dobson in the November 5 general election. A Figures win combined with the possible re-election of Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma) would mean that 2 of Alabama's seven congressional seats were held by Democrats for the first time since 2010 when then Montgomery city councilwoman Martha Roby (R) narrowly beat Congressman Bobby Bright (R-Montgomery) in CD2.

The newly redrawn CD2 stretches from Mobile to Montgomery and from Phenix City to Troy. It literally stretches from the Mississippi line to the Georgia line. The district, which was redrawn by the courts along racial lines, is enormously diverse with both very rural counties and very urban neighborhoods in Montgomery and Mobile. It includes half of the Black Belt, over half of the Wiregrass, the rural counties immediately to the north of Mobile, the largest part of the City of Mobile, and even part of Mobile Bay.

CD2 incumbent Congressman Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) was redistricted into CD1 where he is the Republican nominee.

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