AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - There are two candidates going head to head trying to secure the Democratic slot on the ballot for Alabama's 3rd Congressional District.
Adia Winfrey and Mallory Hagan both say that they have what it takes to represent the Democratic Party.
"I am a clinical psychologist and an author, and I've worked with a variety of people in a variety of settings and I would love to bring that experience to Congress. As a congressperson, the focus is on legislation and representation and I believe that I have the skills to do both," said Democratic candidate Aida Winfrey. "Having a leader that people can relate to, someone that is connected to the people, and I am that leader. I think that there are many Americans who look at the news, and look at social media and see that there are two different Americas and people are discriminated against, and it's time to have a leader calling it out and coming up with solutions, and I'm that leader."
"As a graduate of Opelika High School, I have lived the life that many people here have lived. I think that is incredibly important for people in Alabama to have a representative who listens to them, who's door is open, who is available, and who takes their voice to Washington, and I just feel for 16 years we haven't had that. I have been to Washington on several occasions. I have lobbied with our National Children's Alliance and International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and I have successfully testified before Congress and restored funding to a budget," said Democratic candidate Mallory Hagan. "That's experience that speaks volumes. I've done this job. I'm ready to hit the ground running."
Both Hagan and Winfrey stress the importance of education, social equality and healthcare.
"Healthcare is the number one issue to people here in this district. The cost of healthcare, whether or not they're going to lose their healthcare, and expansion of Medicaid here in the state of Alabama is incredibly important," said Hagan.
"It's time that we come up with a system where all Americans are covered, not just some. Healthcare is not an issue that should be based on your income level. Everybody is entitled to healthcare," said Winfrey.
The two engaged in a debate as recently as Wednesday night.
Whoever comes out on top of the Democratic Primary Election on June 5 will face Republican incumbent Mike Rogers in November.