Don’t miss opportunity to meet with Sewell

Published 6:12 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

When it comes to politics in our nation’s capital, it’s often best kept at arms length.

Far too often, the evening news is filled with the ongoing in-fighting and rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats. The imagery is that these two parties would much rather fight against the ideas of the opposing party, rather than actually putting the American people first and foremost in their decision making.

Thankfully, Selma and Dallas County residents will have the chance to hear from their elected representative in person Tuesday, when U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell hosts a town hall meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Striplin Performing Arts Center.

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This is an opportunity that should not be missed by anyone. Regardless of whether you agree with Sewell’s positions and votes on important topics, this is a chance to hear from her why she has made such decisions and ask of her questions you want answered from our representative in Washington.

Sewell is a native of Selma. She was born here, raised here and went to school here.

But, during her time in office, the 7th Congressional District has gone through some transition thanks to re-districting.

Today, her district includes parts of Montgomery, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. It’s important at this meeting residents turn out and fight for the topics that are important to Selma and Dallas County.

In addition to the changing political and population landscape of this district, there are tremendous concerns Sewell should discuss.

This area continues to have high unemployment; so much so that it has become a generational issue of people looking for jobs and not finding them and relying on government programs to help ends meet.

The Alabama River, which flows through the heart of the 7th Congressional District, continues to cry out for federal funding to help with dredging. Increased dredging could mean increased navigation and use of the river, leading to increased industrial development.

And, Sewell’s hometown, Selma, is in need of much assistance as it continues to face challenges to its infrastructure. It’s important Sewell see that during her trip, hear that help is needed and find ways where Congress might be able to assist.

Sewell has been an up-and-comer in national politics, growing in her responsibilities within in the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives. Her relationships are growing in numbers and in strength.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from Sewell Tuesday, and don’t miss the chance to ask her questions that so deserve answers.