Election Day today; polls open at 7 a.m.

Published 12:52 am Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dallas County has more than 30,000 registered voters. Now they can make their votes county in the Democratic and Republican primary elections today.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. across the state.

The election will determine who will face competition in the November general election.

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Many in Selma and Dallas County await to see who will clench the victory as the Democratic Party nominee in the race for the 7th Congressional District.

Terri Sewell and Shelia Smoot are working toward that goal. Sewell, a Birmingham attorney, is a Selma native. Smoot of Birmingham is a Jefferson County commissioner.

Sewell’s campaign team has prepared for today at her Selma headquarters on Broad Street.

“This is a historical moment,” said Nancy Sewell, Terri’s mother and former Selma City Council member. “We want everyone to come out (to watch results) and celebrate.

Smoot’s campaign manager, Leonard Smoot, is optimistic of his candidate’s strength in the district.

“Shelia has worked hard,” he said. “People in this district will be proud to have her as their representative because she is all about her community.”

Voters will decide also the Republican nominees in this race.

Don Chamberlain is from Selma. He is a businessman and inventor.

Chamberlain said he feels good about what he’s done to win. He feels good about his platform.

It’s hard to tell about the race, he said, because of the emphasis placed on Sewell and Smoot.

Chris Salter is from Birmingham. He and his wife, Hanna, own Salter Mortgage Group. He could not be reached .