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Alabama Forestry Association announces second round of House endorsements

Wednesday, the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) released its second slate of endorsements for incumbents seeking reelection to the Alabama House of Representatives.

State Rep. Danny Crawford (R-Athens)

Crawford, chairman of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee, is running for reelection to House District 5, which covers a portion of Limestone County. The former Farm Service Agency state director has held his seat since 2016.

The North Alabama lawmaker expressed gratitude to the association for its endorsement of his campaign.

“It is an honor to again to receive the endorsement of the AFA,” stated Crawford. “I have enjoyed working with the AFA over the last few years to make Alabama a better place to live and work. I thank the association and its membership and look forward to serving the people of Alabama. Together we can achieve much.”

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville)

First elected to the lower chamber in 2014, Ledbetter is seeking reelection to House District 24, which encompasses most of DeKalb County. He was elected to serve as house majority leader in March 2017. Ledbetter serves as vice chairman of the House Internal Affairs Committee. The former Rainsville City mayor is retired from the Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative.

Ledbetter stated his intentions to continue legislative support for Alabama’s forestry industry.

“It’s an honor to be endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association,” proclaimed Ledbetter. “As one of the largest industries in Alabama, I’m fully committed to supporting the hard working men and women in the forestry profession.”

State Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville)

Garrett is seeking a third term serving his Jefferson County constituents of House District 24. The lawmaker is chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee and serves a majority whip. His private sector experience includes serving as an accountant and chief financial officer for numerous businesses.

Garrett heaped praise upon AFA for its legislative advocacy in supporting the state’s forestry community.

“I appreciate the support of the AFA and am grateful for the work they do all across Alabama,” stated Garrett. “The AFA is an important voice for so many people and I am a proud supporter and advocate for what they do for our state.”

State Rep. Charlotte Meadows (R-Montgomery)

Meadows is running for reelection to House District 74, which contains a portion of Montgomery County. She formerly served as president of the Montgomery Board of Education. Meadows is presently the board chair of Montgomery’s first charter school, the LEAD Academy.

Meadows extended her appreciation to AFA, which she indicated to be one of the most well-respected conservative advocacy associations in Alabama.

“I am deeply honored to be endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association, well known to be the most conservative group in the state,” advised Meadows. “The timber industry is crucial to Alabama’s economy. Forestry has always supported me in the past, and I am proud to stand with them.”

State Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile)

Pringle is seeking a third term representing his constituents in Mobile County’s metropolitan area in House District 101. First elected to the House in 2014, Pringle serves as chairman of the House State Government Committee. The licensed homebuilder holds private sector experience in the real estate industry as a general contractor.

Pringle advised that his years of experience serving in Alabama’s timber industry had been beneficial in assisting him to gain knowledge of the forestry community’s contributions to the state.

“I understand and greatly appreciate the forestry industry in our state being a timberland owner myself,” proclaimed Pringle. “Working in real estate for 27 years with Southern Timberlands has taught me the economic importance forestry has on Alabama. I am proud to be endorsed by AFA.”

AFA last week announced its first round of endorsements for candidates seeking reelection to the legislature’s lower chamber.

The primary election will take place on May 24, 2022.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL