By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, Republican Matt Fridy received the endorsement of the Shelby Country Fraternal Order of Police. Fridy is a candidate for Alabama House of Representatives District 73.
Fridy said in a written statement, “I am proud to have the support of the police officers in Shelby County. The men and women of law enforcement are unsung heroes in our communities. It means a lot to have Shelby County’s first line of defense for our families come out supporting my candidacy.”
The President of Lodge 41 Clay Hammac said, “Matt is the right choice for law enforcement in Shelby County. He has a proven track record of community service and supporting law enforcement. The Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police is excited to throw our support to Matt Fridy.”
Fridy is the former Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party Chairman. Matt Fridy is a lawyer who specializes in constitutional law for the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt. He also has taught classes at the University of Montevallo.
Fridy said at a recent appearance, “I will be honest with you. I have my political views and what I believe I will fight for.” Fridy said that he will not tell you do one thing and then do the opposite in Montgomery.
Fridy is married to his wife, Kimberly a pharmacist. and they have four children: 7, 6, 5, and an infant.
Fridy said, “I am Pro-life because I believe life begins at conception.” Fridy said that life has intrinsic value because of what it is and that opposing abortion is the issue that he is most passionate about. Both of Fridy’s parents have been arrested for their activities with Operation Rescue. Fridy said that holding a Pro-Life sign in front of an abortion clinic and watching his parents get arrested for their beliefs made a huge impression on him growing up.
Fridy was active in the College Republicans when he was a student at the University of Montevallo. Fridy called being a conservative Republican at Montevallo at the time, “a lonely endeavor.”
Mr. Fridy said that he is pro-traditional marriage though he does not like that term. “Marriage makes no sense outside of a man and a woman. Marriage is intrinsically procreative.” Fridy said that society accepts that the best way to raise children is in a loving traditional marriage. The purpose of marriage is not two friends who get together and they like to have sex.
The Shelby County Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police was chartered on March 22, 1972 under the leadership of Alabaster Police Chief, C.E. “Bull” Carter. Their Lodge became the 41st Lodge in the State of Alabama. Today they represent more than 500 Law Enforcement members who reside and work in Shelby County.
House District 73 is a newly drawn legislative seat in Shelby County. Fridy’s Republican Primary opponent is Jody Trautweim. District 73 has been moved from Montgomery County to Shelby County as part of redistricting. The Republican Primary will be held on June 3rd.