By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday the Alabama Farmer’s Federation announced that it has endorsed Alabama State Rep. Paul DeMarco (R) from Homewood for the U.S. House of Representatives in Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District.
The Alabama Farmer’s Federation President Jimmy Parnell said, “Rep. DeMarco has a proven record of defending taxpayers and holding government accountable for spending. In the Alabama Legislature, he supported stronger ethics laws, the taxpayer bill of rights and the article-by-article approach to constitutional revision. Rep. DeMarco shares the Federation’s core values of faith, family, integrity, stewardship and citizenship. We are proud to support his candidacy and look forward to working with him in Congress.” Parnell described DeMarco as a fiscal conservative who has worked to make government more efficient and transparent.
Representative DeMarco thanked Federation members for their endorsement. “I am honored to receive the support of Alabama farmers. They share my goal to fix what is wrong in Washington. With their support and the help of the many people throughout the counties of the Sixth District, I will go to Washington to fight for our rights and values.”
Since 2005, DeMarco has represented House District 46 in Jefferson County. His house district includes: Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills in District 46. He is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the Joint Oversight Committee for the Alabama Homeland Security Agency and is the Co-Chair of the Jefferson County Delegation.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with 365,000 member families.
This good news for the DeMarco campaign comes just a week after the announcement that the campaign had raised more than $360,000 in the final nine weeks of 2013.
State Representative DeMarco said in a written statement, “I will fight for your rights and values in Washington.” “My number one goal is to repeal Obamacare. The people of this state are fed up with an overreaching White House. I will take my experience to Washington to work to repeal Obamacare and stop out-of-control spending.”
DeMarco said, “I am the lowest paid member of the Alabama House because I refused to take a pay raise. I built a reputation as a fiscal conservative, opposing tax increases and over-spending, even when it meant going against some members of my own party. I will not compromise those principles in Washington.”
DeMarco is married to Dr. Jacqueline Dillon DeMarco.
Representative Paul DeMarco is a lifetime Alabama resident and is an attorney.
DeMarco is running in a crowded Republican field that includes: the co-founder and longtime CEO of the Birmingham based Alabama Policy Institute (API), Gary Palmer; longtime Harbert executive, Will Brooke; mattress manufacturer Tom Vigneulle; and Indian Springs orthopedist Chad Mathis. Many sources have told the Alabama Political Reporter that State Senator Scott Beason from Gardendale will enter this race as well.
As of press time Dr. Mathis, Will Brooke, and Rep. DeMarco had officially qualified.
The Sixth District Congressional District is currently represented by Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia. After serving in the seat for 21 years, Rep. Bachus announced that he would not seek re-election when his current term expires.
The Republican Primary will be held on June 3, 2014.