Tereshia Huffman, member of the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB), has announced her candidacy to seek the Democratic nomination for the Alabama House of Representatives, serving District 56.
The Birmingham native is a graduate of Pinson Valley High School and holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama.
According to the campaign, Huffman’s professional career has centered around managing social and racial justice initiatives, advocating for public school funding, leading infrastructure improvement projects and securing resources for underserved communities.
Huffman played an integral role in securing a grant that paved the way to provide 350,000 meals to children in Atlanta-area communities, along with expanding access in the city to public transportation. Additionally, she led infrastructure projects in northeast Alabama’s DeKalb County.
The community organizer also served the Children’s Advocacy Center, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of abused and neglected children.
Huffman is the BWWB’s youngest and only female member. During her time on the board, the campaign says she has “been proactive and vocal in increasing diversity and inclusive participation in spaces of leadership and business.”
In announcing her candidacy for the legislature’s lower chamber, Huffman contended that her career experience will prove beneficial in serving the district’s constituents.
“I’m running for Alabama State House because I believe that the people of District 56 deserve leadership that will help fight for them from start to finish,” said Huffman. “As we campaign across District 56, I look forward to speaking with and listening to voters, learning more about what they need to thrive and better understanding how I can work with them to meet those needs.”
She added, “If elected, I plan to combine my expertise and personal experiences to help bridge the gaps between residents of District 56 and greater, more equitable opportunities and resources.”
Huffman’s campaign website lists her priorities as being to promote inclusive community development, equitable education and expanding mental health services.
The seat for which Huffman is seeking is currently occupied by State Rep. Louise Alexander (D-Birmingham), who is seeking election to the Alabama State Senate. The primary election is slated to occur on May 24, 2022.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL