Candidates are beginning to announce for Alabama's congressional races in 2010.
Birmingham lawyer Terri Sewell has announced she will run as a Democrat for the 7th Congressional District seat begin vacated by Rep. Artur Davis. Davis will run for Alabama governor.
Sewell was a classmate of first lady Michelle Obama at Princeton University and President Barack Obama at Harvard Law School. She is the first of several Democrats expected to announce for the 7th District race, which includes west Alabama.
In southwest Alabama, Orange Beach real estate developer Peter Gounares says he will run in the Republican primary against 1st District incumbent Jo Bonner.
Gounares says he will campaign on increased energy exploration and sound climate policies based on science rather than media hype.