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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Steve Livingston’s state senate reelection campaign

State Sen. Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro) has landed the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) in his reelection bid to the Alabama State Senate, serving District 8.

A businessman in Jackson County for nearly 35 years, he is the owner and manager of Dicus Oil Company, a fuel oil and gasoline distributor. He is a graduate of Scottsboro High School and the University of Alabama. He has served as the past president of the Scottsboro-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Scottsboro Industrial Development Board and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.

Livingston, who was first elected to the legislature’s upper chamber in 2014, has made it a top priority to address issues relating to small business and economic growth. As chairman of the Senate’s Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee, his focus has been to ensure Alabama is fostering a business-friendly environment and that the state is prudent with taxpayer money.

AFA president and CEO Chris Isaacson sang Livingston’s praises for his support of initiative relating to economic development and job creation.

“I have known Steve for quite some time and continue to be impressed with his commitment to improving the economy in northeast Alabama, which includes, supporting growth opportunities in the timber industry,” said Isaacson. “He and his father have been AFA members for years and we are proud to have a member of our family be an important part of state governance. We are pleased to support Steve and will work with him to make sure he is with us for four more years.”

Livingston expressed his gratitude to the influential business association for their continued electoral support throughout his service in the Senate.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Livingston. “AFA was an early supporter and involved when I first considered running for office. Once I made the decision to run, they were involved on a daily basis with my campaign and I don’t think we would have prevailed without their support. Forestry is a big deal in my district and I want to thank the local members for their support. I look forward to continue to work with them over the next four years.”

The North Alabama senator has established himself as a leading proponent in promoting Alabama’s space and defense industry. Last year, Livingston was elected as chair of the Alabama Space Authority, which promotes research and development of space exploration and advocates for the Yellowhammer State’s space industry. Additionally, the senator serves as chair of the legislature’s Aerospace and Defense Caucus, which he played a pivotal role in forming.

State Senate District 8 encompasses Jackson, Dekalb and Madison Counties. 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