Hilliard and Bernard Kincaid went to a run-off in the Democratic Primary for a special election to fill the open House District 60 seat in 1993. Though Kincaid lost the runoff, he continued a write-in campaign during the general election. Because he did not support the party's nominee, the Democratic Party deemed Kincaid ineligible for the 1994 election cycle.
Hilliard was challenged and defeated by a wide margin in the 2002 Democratic Primary by former Birmingham City Councilor Linda Coleman. During the campaign, Hilliard attempted to label Coleman a Republican in disguise and attacked her endorsement by Donald Watkins' Voter News Network.
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- "Democrats reject Kincaid, saying he broke party oath." (April 29, 1994) The Birmingham News