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Alabama Forestry Association releases slate of endorsements for open House seats

The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) has released a round of endorsements for Republican candidates seeking election to the Alabama House of Representatives.

Matt Woods

Woods is seeking to serve House District 13, which covers Walker and Blount Counties. The lifelong Walker County resident grew up in the Providence community. He attended Bevill State Community College and graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

After college, Woods returned to Walker County to work at his family’s business, Jasper Auto Sales.

In a statement, Woods expressed appreciation to AFA over its endorsement of his campaign.

“I’m proud to have the support of local Walker County foresters and I welcome the endorsement of a conservative organization like the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Woods. “We share a commitment to limited government and traditional values.”

Frances Taylor

Taylor is running to represent House District 20, which covers a portion of Madison County. She currently works as a defense contractor for U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command on Redstone Arsenal where she performs financial and process analysis for weapon systems.

The Huntsville resident serves as chairman of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Board of Trustees. Taylor served as as president of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women from 2014 to 2017.

Taylor conveyed gratitude to AFA over the endorsement and stated her intentions to support the association’s efforts in the legislature.

“It is most humbling and an honor to be endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Taylor. “AFA is widely regarded as one of the foremost leaders in supporting conservatives and principled government leadership. I am grateful for their endorsement and look forward to supporting conservative policies and fiscally responsible government in the Legislature.”

Brock Colvin

Colvin is seeking election to House District 26, which covers portions of Marshall and DeKalb Counties. The fifth-generation Marshall County resident presently lives in Albertville. He attended Snead State Community College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama with a double major in finance and economics.

Colvin previously worked in the insurance industry and is now a financial planner with Ameriprise Financial.

In touting AFA’s endorsement of his candidacy, Colvin said that he would work to promote “business-minded and conservative policies” as state representative.

“I am honored to have the endorsement from the conservative group, The Alabama Forestry Association,” stated Colvin. “The Forestry Association understands we need to elect legislators who are pro-business and support free enterprise here in Alabama. The forestry industry, as well as agriculture as a whole, is a driving force for Alabama’s economy, and I look forward to working with them to promote these business-minded and conservative policies once I am elected.”

Mack Butler

Butler formerly served in the legislature’s lower chamber representing House District 30 for eight years. He is seeking election to House District 28, which covers most of Etowah County. The former lawmaker also previously served 10 years on the Etowah County School Board.

Butler was elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention for former President Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. He attended Alabama Technical College and the University of Alabama, and is the owner of Butler Electrical Contractors.

Butler noted that AFA has forged a reputation as being of the most conservative business advocacy associations in the state.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” stated Butler. “As the most conservative of the associations, Forestry has long been a watchdog for the state of Alabama. Their endorsement is a true sign of who the most conservative candidate for House District 28 is.”

Susan DuBose

DuBose is seeking to represent House District 45, which covers Shelby and Jefferson Counties. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in finance and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Springhill College.

DuBose retired from Compass Bank after working as a residential, commercial and construction loan officer and business development officer. Her political involvement includes serving as president of the Republican Women of North Shelby County.

“Forestry is an essential backbone of the economy in Alabama,” said Dubose. “As the next State Representative from District 45, it is my joy to receive the endorsement and support of the Alabama Forestry Association.”

She added, “Alabama’s forest community deserves representation in government that will stand to protect and improve the business and regulatory environment for landowners and forest business owners across our State. I am thankful the Alabama Forestry Association members are fighting with me in my grassroots campaign to protect our Christian conservative pro-business values in Alabama.”

AFA announced its firstsecond and third rounds of endorsements in February, followed by its fourthfifth and sixth in March. The association last month released its seventheighthninth and 10th rounds of endorsements. Earlier this month, AFA rolled out its 11th slate of endorsements.

The primary election will take place May 24, 2022.

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