Olivia Matherne / News Editor
Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor for President Barack Obama visited Birmingham from Jan.22-24 to show her support for Alabama’s Democratic Party women. Jarret is also a lawyer, businesswoman and author.
Jarrett made many stops in Alabama, but two visits drew the most attention, both of which focused on supporting female Alabama Democrats in the generally conservative state.
The first event was hosted by the Alabama Women Democrats on Saturday, Jan.22. The Alabama Women Democrats held their annual state conference, which was at the Hoover Country Club.
“The event will consist of great speakers, excellent trainings, and a business meeting with registration,” Alabama Women Democrats said in a preview of the event.
At the 2020 ADW State Conference, Jarrett was the keynote speaker.
Jarrett also stopped by the ‘Women for One Alabama’ event, hosted by the Democratic Senator Doug Jones’ re-election campaign. The event included a panel moderated by Terri Chapman, national vice president of the Young Democrats of America.
Along with Jarrett, the panel included Birmingham City Councilor Crystal Smitherman, civil rights activist and author T. Marie King and Jarralynne Agee, Special Assistant to the President at Miles College.
“Women For One Alabama: A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett was insightful, inspiring, and energizing. Doug Jones For Senate was so excited to host and hear from powerful women who are working hard to make a difference here in our state, and in our nation,” Camilla Ahmed, the Political Coordinator with Doug Jones for Senate, said.
The traditionally red state elected Democratic Senator Doug Jones in 2017, which has prompted the possibility more Democrats might seek public office in Alabama as the 2020 U.S.presidential election approaches.