Monday 15 September 2008
The last district profiled in this blog was an open Alabama seat - currently held by the Democrats. [AL 05 profiled on Monday 8th September]. In the south east of the State another district is regarded as a toss up - this time the Republican seat currently held by Terry Everett. On paper this should be safe Republican territory - Bush won 61% of the vote in 2001 and 67% in 2004. National Journal describes how Democratic redistricters put most of Montgomery County into the third district "in an attempt to make that seat more Democratic. The result left the 2nd heavily Republican." Recent polls have shown widely divergent results - so could this be a surprise Democratic win?
The two major party candidates are State Represenatative Jay Love [Republican] , a restaurant owner in Montgomery and two term Democratic mayor of Montgomery, Bobby Bright. Bright is described as "Moderate-to-Conservative - Pro- gun - Pro-Life " who says on his website that "he voted for Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary earlier this year".
Their websites are -
Bobby Bright: http://www.brightforcongress.com/main.php
Jay Love: http://www.jayloveforcongress.com/
Much of the city of Montgomery is within the district, and other towns include Dothan, Enterprise, Ozark, Troy and Greenville. Defence and Alabama State government are important sources of employment in this district. In rural areas agriculture provides many jobs - and the district is the USA's second highest producer of peanuts.