James Averhart is the latest candidate to qualify in the Democratic Party for the March 5 primary. Qualifying ends Friday.
District 2 changed under a map approved by a three-judge federal district court in October. Black residents make up 49% of the voting age population, up from 30% on the previous map. Analyses filed with the federal court show the new district, which spans south Alabama from Mississippi to Georgia, is now favorable to Democrats. It includes all of Montgomery County and a northwest portion of Mobile County.
Averhart won the Democratic nomination in District 1 in a runoff in 2020. He received 36% of the vote in the general election, losing to Republican Jerry Carl.
Averhart, who grew up in Washington County, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 2017.