Will Alabama’s 2nd district stay in the hands of a woman?

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The U.S. House may be losing another woman with the retirement of Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, but there is a handful of women running to replace her that hope that won’t be the case for long.

Following Roby’s retirement announcement, a crowded field of candidates emerged hoping to win the seat including a bevy of women.

Among them is Republican Jessica Taylor, a Prattville businesswoman and the wife of a former Alabama state senator. She is the founder and CEO of Azimuth, a consulting firm specializing in finding and managing government and private sector grants.

Joining Taylor in the Republican primary is Terri Hasdorff who worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison in the George H.W. Bush Administration as well as on Capitol Hill for six years. And her connections in Washington have paid off. Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General, Thomas McInerney threw his support behind Hasdorff last month.

On the other side of the aisle is Democratic Phyllis Harvey-Hall, who faces a much smaller primary on March 3 against a lone opponent, Nathan Mathis. Harvey-Hall began her career with Montgomery Public Schools and after 25 years as an educator retired and has since worked with both the Family Sunshine Center and the National Association of Educational Progress.

Candidates face-off in their respective party primaries on March 3. The winner of each primary will go on to face each other during the general election on Nov. 3.

The 2nd Congressional District includes Autauga and Elmore counties, plus part of Montgomery, then stretches to cover much of southeast Alabama, from Andalusia to the Wiregrass area of Dothan.