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Former Miss America announces Democratic bid for Congress in Alabama

In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, Miss New York Mallory Hagan reacts as she is crowned Miss America 2013 in Las Vegas. Hagan is running for Congress in eastern Alabama. The 29-year-old Opelika native announced her Democratic bid for Alabama's District 3 seat on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, Miss New York Mallory Hagan reacts as she is crowned Miss America 2013 in Las Vegas. Hagan is running for Congress in eastern Alabama. The 29-year-old Opelika native announced her Democratic bid for Alabama’s District 3 seat on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

(Isaac Brekken / AP)

Former Miss America Mallory Hagan is running for Congress in eastern Alabama.

The 29-year-old Opelika, Alabama, native announced her Democratic bid for Alabama’s District 3 seat during an event at her parents’ dance studio on Tuesday.

Hagan was crowned Miss America in 2013 and until recently worked as a news anchor at WLTZ-TV in Columbus, Georgia.

Hagan says many people feel unheard after nearly four terms of Republican Rep. Mike Rogers holding the congressional seat. She says she knows how to talk to people, assess their problems and come up with solutions.

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Rogers was first elected to Congress in 2002. The heavily Republican 3rd District includes much of east Alabama and extends as far west as parts of Birmingham and Montgomery.

Former Miss America Mallory Hagan, center, of Opelika, Ala., announces her Democratic bid for Alabama's District 3 seat, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Opelika.

Former Miss America Mallory Hagan, center, of Opelika, Ala., announces her Democratic bid for Alabama’s District 3 seat, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Opelika.

(Howard Koplowitz / AP)


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