Chamberlain announces Congressional candidacy

Published 10:36 pm Friday, May 14, 2010

From Staff Reports

Don Chamberlain has thrown his hat into the ring for the Congressional District 7 race, citing a focus on job growth as his main platform.

“There are over 50,000 unemployed people in this district and one out of three are living below the poverty line,” Chamberlain said. “I want to be their voice in Washington, and that voice says we can do better than this.”

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Running as a Republican, Chamberlain said he knows he has quite a battle on his hands to get elected in a district that has traditionally leaned toward electing a Democrat. Currently, the Congressional seat is held by Artur Davis (D), who is vacating the seat to run for governor.

“This campaign is about recognizing that this is a minority majority district that will have a choice,” he said. “Their choice can affect their standard of living and my job is to show them what my background is and give them the vote of confidence that I can be instrumental in helping those in this district that are struggling.”

Chamberlain, a Selma resident, graduated from Albert G. Parrish High School before attending Livingston University. He later volunteered and served in the US Marine Corp as a combat infantryman. After his military service concluded, he graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Marketing. He was also a Congressional candidate in 1994 and 2002.

“The citizens of the 7th Congressional District deserve a leader who is willing to offer straight talk and a square deal,” Chamberlain said. “I, as your congressman, will establish a new and invigorating job market for you, the people I represent. You deserve a leader who can demonstrate what will be done to create lucrative jobs. You deserve to know these jobs will serve the entire district, including everyone who is seeking a better quality of life for themselves and their loved ones.”

Other parts of Chamberlain’s platform include healthcare, gun control and education: “Education is the key factor for long term success in recruiting jobs with advancing technology companies. As your congressman, my challenge is to provide opportunity for people from all walks of life… paves a highway of economic opportunity, job security, and a better quality of life for all citizens living in our district.”

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