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Shelia Smoot is here to talk about her runoff election for the Democratic Nomination to represent the Alabama 7th Congressional District on July 13. While you can ask her any number of questions, I want to highlight her longtime support of workers.

From Smoot for Congress website

Commissioner Shelia Smoot, like her Union friends, has a long history of fighting for workers and workers rights.

Shelia was born into a Union family and was raised with Union values. She saw first hand the benefits and hard work of Union leaders growing up in Flint, Michigan. The UAW was long a symbol of hard work and strength in those parts. She also witnessed her first cousin Louise White work herself through the ranks to become a Union Steward in the Communication Workers of America in Birmingham, Alabama. Shelia Smoot has never forgotten her roots.

(Shelia at Labor Day rally last year)

It's easy for a candidate to say they are for the working people, but Shelia has exemplified that commitment throughout her career in television and in politics.

More on Shelia and her support of working people

When she moved back to Alabama and continued her work as an investigative reporter Shelia worked tirelessly to support local workers. It was in part her work with the Union leadership that inspired her to run for public office.

As County Commissioner, Shelia Smoot has worked with countless local unions including the UFCW Local 1657 during the Bruno and Food World store transitions and the USWA when area steel production slowed. In fact, Shelia returned donations from the AFL-CIO to be donated to the strike pay fund.

No candidate in the race has the proven track record of Union support that Commissioner Shelia Smoot has. Shelia has always stood by the "backbone of America," its workers!

I've written many diaries about Shelia over the past year and we've had here on several occasions to talk about her campaign. This is a person that we need in Congress. She's got a big heart and will be an asset to the people in the 7th Congressional District. If you have a problem, Shelia Smoot is accessible and she will continue to be accessible.

Jobs are the number one priority in this district as a number of counties in AL-07 ave unemployment rates of 25%. Lack of jobs means lack of access to quality health care and an overall low quality of life. Shelia has a vision for creating jobs through a better transportation and infrastructure focus. She also understands that we must continue to be a voice for the workers in this district as she has done a number of times.

Please ask Shelia some questions about her experiences and what she will do as a member of Congress to improve the quality of life for people in her district.

We also need your grassroots support. We've raised $3,568 on our Grassroots for Smoot Act Blue Page. A lot of that has come from members of the Daily Kos community.

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Originally posted to alpolitics on Sun Jun 06, 2010 at 07:05 PM PDT.

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