By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Wednesday, June 18 the Jefferson County Police Chiefs Association has officially endorsed GOP candidate Brett King in the Alabama Senate District 17 (SD17) Republican Primary Runoff to be held on July 15. This follows endorsements by two of his Primary opponents.
Speaking on behalf of President A.C. Roper, the Jefferson County Police Chiefs Association spokesman Mike Walker stated, “The Jefferson County Police Chiefs Association has endorsed Brett King in the Republican run-off. We need leaders representing us in Montgomery who are informed on the issues facing our criminal justice system, and who are willing to make the hard decisions necessary to ensure the safety of the public and to correct the problems in the state prison system that directly affect us all.”
King said in a written statement that receiving this endorsement meant a great deal to him, “I am honored beyond measure to have been endorsed by the brave men and women across Jefferson County who selflessly serve our communities in law enforcement. These officers put their own safety on the line every single day to keep our families and loved ones safe and protect our towns and cities from those who wish to do us harm. Knowing that these men and women of law enforcement have chosen to stand behind me and support my campaign means more to me than I could ever put into words. I am grateful for the endorsement and support of the Jefferson County Police Chiefs Association,” King said.
The King campaign has also landed the endorsements of two of his Republican Primary opponents. Both Joe Cochran (Pinson City Councilman, and Adam Ritch (Combat Candidate Vet from Dora) have also thrown their support behind Brett King.
In response to the Joe Cochran announcement King said in a written statement, “The question on Joe Cochran’s campaign T-shirts was simple. “Do you know Joe?” Well I did not know Joe Cochran before this race, but I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to visit with him and his lovely wife June throughout this campaign. Joe has been a true servant to the Palmerdale and Pinson areas ever since he moved there. In particular, his tireless work with the Pinson City Council and the Education Foundation is making a difference. I appreciate the political courage he is now showing by giving me his personal endorsement. 1,466 citizens voted for Joe in the primary, and I humbly ask each one of them to follow Joe’s lead and join our team!”
Brett King is an attorney from Locust Fork. King lives with his family on a 67 acre family farm in Locust Fork.
Brett King is running in the Republican Primary Runoff on July 15 against Trussville Realtor Shay Shelnutt.
Brett King’s law firm, King & Green, LLC recently received the Business of the Year Award from the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.
Alabama Senate District 17 is currently represented by Senator Scott Beason (R) from Gardendale. The popular Senator Beason vacated his conservative senate district to run for Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District where Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia is retiring after 11 terms in the U.S. Congress. Beason came in third and failed to make the Republican Primary Runoff.