Virginia Sweet

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Virginia Sweet
Candidate for
Alabama House of Representatives, District 43

Political party Democratic
Profession Principal, Leading Organizations, LLC
Virginia Sweet (b. December 16, 1948) was a Democratic candidate for District 43 of the Alabama House of Representatives. The primary election was on June 1, 2010, and the general election was on November 2.


Sweet earned her B.A. in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 1969, her M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Louisiana State University in 1971 and her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech in 1996. Her professional experience includes working as Assistant Professor/Program Director for the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1996 to 2000, Program Associate for United Way of Central Alabama from 2000 to 2001, Executive Director of The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham from 2003 to 2009 and Principal of Leading Organizations LLC since 2001.


Campaign themes

Sweet's website listed the following campaign themes:

  • Ethics
Excerpt: "I will work to reach to both sides of the aisle to pass strong ethics reforms. When I work in Montgomery, I will work for you, not special interests."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Every child deserves to have a good education. Alabama needs to invest in birth-to-five year olds that all children will be prepared to succeed when they start school."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "We must provide incentives to grow our small businesses and we need to attract more clean industry to Shelby County. We must engage in smart land use planning for our future with adequate infrastructure."



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sweet was uncontested in the June 1 primary election. She was defeated by incumbent Mary Sue McClurkin (R) in the November 2 general election.[1]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 43 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Sue McClurkin (R) 16,368
Virginia Sweet (D) 4,041

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