Republican Pittman, Democrats to visit Sunday

Published 8:34 pm Thursday, August 3, 2017

Several candidates seeking Jeff Sessions’ vacated U.S. Senate seat will be in Selma on Sunday at unrelated events.

Trip Pittman, a Republican state senator from Baldwin County, will stop by as he campaigns across the state.

“Trip Pittman to me is a political breath of fresh air. He is a businessman,” said Skip Barker, an attorney at Pilcher and Pilcher law firm in Selma. “I like the man a lot. I’m excited to share my excitement about him.”

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Barker said Pittman is a friend, and someone he feels would do a great job. Pittman’s mottos for his campaign is “Liberty Requires Responsibility.”

“That to me is something I would like for American fellow citizens to understand and realize and grasp, and we would be well served to have somebody like that as our representative in government,” Barker said.

Pittman will be at the Central Alabama Farmers Co-op Sunday from 2:30-4 p.m. Barker said everyone is encouraged to come out and meet Pittman and get to know him.

Also on Sunday, the Dallas County Democratic party will host the Black Belt Democratic Senate Forum at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church on the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the forum will begin at 2 p.m.

Democratic candidates for Sessions’ seat: Dr. Will Boyd, chairman of Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee; Vann Caldwell, Talladega County constable; Jason Fisher, business and nonprofit executive; Michael Hansen, environmentalist and nonprofit executive; Doug Jones, former U.S. District Attorney for Northern Alabama; Robert Kennedy Jr., former naval officer and business executive; and Charles Nana, engineer and business consultant, will all be there for the forum.

“For them to come it’s more or less a central location for them to get all of the Black Belt cities, towns and surrounding communities to come to Selma so that they can deliver their message to us,” said Synethia Pettaway, chair of the Dallas County Democratic Executive Committee.

The event is free, but those interested are asked to reserve a seat by calling (334) 412-6044 or emailing

The primary election for the U.S. Senate seat will be Aug. 15.