LEE COUNTY, AL - Another Democratic candidate in Alabama has officially entered the congressional race for 2018 to challenge a long time Republican incumbent. This time, the candidate hardly needs much of an introduction. Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, officially declared her candidacy for House District 3, where Republican Mike Rogers of Anniston has held the congressional seat since 2002. The seat was previously held by Bob Riley before his run for governor of Alabama.
District 3 encompasses portions of Montgomery and the entirety of Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa counties. Hagan, from Opelika, has been a news anchor for a Columbus, Georgia, television station, but has resigned that position to run for Congress.
"I recently found myself at the center of a national controversy surrounding the Miss America Organization. It was a painful experience, but it taught me a lot about the power of my voice," Hagan said. "By telling my story, by petitioning for change, and by demanding resolution, I ignited a spark that fueled women – and men – across this country to stand up, speak out, and believe that when people share their stories, positive change can occur. I told my story. It was difficult, but it sparked meaningful change. This experience transformed me.I want to represent the people of this state because I want to be a voice for Alabamians that is clear and strong. I want to be a voice that sparks positive change."
In her announcement, she said, "I've seen firsthand how me, as one individual using my voice on Capitol Hill, can make a huge impact, and I know that as a congressional candidate I will see how that can relate to several different things that are facing Alabama's Third District. Being a part of Miss America was so much more than just a pageant and just winning something that night on stage. I spent an entire year fighting for the rights and for the funding for our child advocacy centers across America."
Hagan attended Opelika High School and Auburn University before moving to New York to pursue a modeling and acting career. She entered pageants in New York, being crowned Miss Brooklyn in 2010, Miss Manhattan in 2011, Miss New York City in 2012, Miss New York in 2012 and Miss America in 2013.
See Hagan's candidacy announcement here:
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Source : https://patch.com/alabama/birmingham-al/former-miss-america-running-alabama-congressional-seat468