Selma man hopes to make history

Published 12:18 am Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Voters have decided on the Republican nominee for the empty 7th Congressional District U.S. House of Representatives seat left vacant by Artur Davis.

Don Chamberlain defeated Chris Salter in Tuesday’s run-off election for the Republican nomination.

“It feels good,” said Chamberlain after the announcement. “But we have a lot of work to do before the fall election. Now I have to go find more votes.”

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Chamberlain said he would take the next couple of days to relax and reflect before getting back on the campaign trail.

Salter said he was happy for Chamberlain.

“I am proud of him,” said Salter. “He ran a good campaign. His opponent has a ton of support. It was going to be a fight for either one of us. I wish him well.”

Chamberlain said his challenge would be to find enough votes in order to make history.

“There hasn’t been someone elected from a majority minority district,” said Chamberlain. “I want to bring together Republicans and Democrats. We are going to show Washington that this district can come together to grow and prosper.”

Don Chamberlain is a businessman and inventor from Selma.

Chamberlain graduated from Livingston University on a football and track scholarship before volunteering for the United States Marine Corps.

He served as a Marine in Vietnam and after returning he attended the University of Alabama and received a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing.

Chamberlain has a background in inventions and said he believed that the key to long-term success to revitalize the 7th Congressional District is in recruiting advance technologies to revitalize the district’s economy with new jobs.

Chris Salter is the owner of Salter Mortgage Group in Birmingham, Ala.

He and his wife Hanna have been married for five years.

Both graduated from Auburn University.

Salter began Salter Mortgage Group after the decline of the economy.