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Former Rep. Bobby Bright and Stephen Black, who runs an educational not-for-profit group, are possible statewide contenders. Democrats are eyeing former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb as well, specifically as a gubernatorial candidate. Otherwise, opportunities are sparse for the Democratic Party to advance through the House.
Republican Rep. Martha Roby won her first race in 2010 by the skin of her teeth. But now Democrats privately concede that she is a good fit for the district and her seat is further out of reach than ever.
But Democrats are watching the 5th District that runs across the northern tier of the state. At some point, the party may look to former Alabama Public Service Commission Member Susan Parker to run, if or when Brooks retires.
Merited or not, Democrats are keeping their heads up.
“With the right candidate, any race is winnable,” Anzalone said.
Farm Team is a state-by-state look at the up-and-coming politicos who may eventually run for Congress. The column runs on Thursdays.