The Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) on Tuesday announced an additional round of endorsements for incumbents seeking reelection to the state legislature.
ALFA announced the endorsements through its political arm, FarmPAC. The federation is the largest agricultural advocacy organization in the state as it holds more than 350,000 members. ALFA advised that it employs a grassroots approach in making its preferred candidate selections by receiving feedback from local federation representatives.
The following candidates now officially hold an endorsement from FarmPAC:
- State Sen. Tom Butler (R-Madison)
- State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia)
- State Sen. April Weaver (R-Brierfield)
- State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur)
- State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs)
- State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville)
The endorsements were accompanied by statements from local federation leaders praising each candidate for their support of issues relating to the state’s agriculture industry.
Limestone County Farmers Federation president Jeff Peek stated of Butler, “Sen. Butler has been a hard-working senator who knows the needs of farmers and represents them in Montgomery. We need his continued support in Montgomery.”
Luther Bishop, Colbert County Farmers Federation president, spoke to Stutts’ leadership as head of the upper chamber’s committee on forestry.
“Sen. Stutts has done an excellent job as chairman of the State Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee,” said Bishop. “He has worked hard for us in the Senate and has represented our entire district well.”
Chilton County Farmers Federation president Lynn Harrison said of Weaver, “Sen. Weaver is a commonsense conservative who represents the needs of District 14. We share a common goal of ensuring that Chilton County is a great place to live and work.”
Mark Byrd, Morgan County Farmers Federation president, described Collins as “a tremendous attribute to the citizens of House District 8.”
He added, “We know she will continue to represent the needs of our farmers and all the people of this district well in Montgomery.”
Shelby County Farmers Federation president John DeLoach advised of Mooney, “Rep. Mooney is a hard-working representative who takes our voices and our concerns to Montgomery. He shares our values and our work ethic, and we fully support him.”
Franklin County Farmers Federation president Derek Jackson sang the praises of Kiel for his years of service to the community.
“Jamie Kiel is a business owner and leader who works for the needs of the people of District 18,” proclaimed Jackson. “He is a conservative businessman who has represented us well in Montgomery just as he has been doing in our community for years.”
The latest string of endorsements comes after the federation announced its third round of endorsements last week. ALFA’s first and second string of endorsements announced last month can be found here and here.
In late September, FarmPAC rolled out its official endorsements for candidates seeking election to federal and statewide offices.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL