By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Monday, October 18, the Alabama Farmers Federation announced that they were supporting the re-election of US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery).
Federation President Jimmy Parnell said, “Representative Roby has been extremely responsive to Federation members, and she understands farmers’ concerns on federal issues. With three terms in Congress, Roby has served her constituents exceptionally well, and we support her continuing to work for the people of Alabama.”
Roby thanked the Alabama Farmers Federation for its endorsement and said that she is committed to keep fighting on behalf of Alabama agriculture. Congresswoman Roby said, “Agriculture is so important to the people of Alabama’s 2nd District, and that’s why it’s important to me. I’m grateful to have the support of the Alabama Farmers Federation and honored to fight on behalf of all Alabama’s farmers in Congress.”
Rep. Roby served on the House Agriculture Committee in 2013 and helped craft the new Farm Bill.
Rep. Roby said, “When Washington special interests tried to derail a Farm Bill that was good for Alabama farmers, I pushed ahead and fought to get it passed. My job is to do what’s right for the people I represent, not the Washington know-it-all special interests.”
Rep. Roby now is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
ALFA cited her work to fight against unnecessary regulations from agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, saying “She believes in regulatory reform and rolling back overreaching federal regulations.”
ALFA also endorsed the other incumbents in the Alabama Congressional Delegation: US Senator Richard Shelby (R), Republican Congressmen Mo Brooks, Gary Palmer, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Bradley Byrne, and Democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell.
President Parnell said, “It’s important to be involved in the political process because our elected officials shape public policy that has a direct impact on farmers. Alabama is fortunate to have a strong Congressional delegation that is responsive to constituents. These candidates have listened to Federation members and worked to address their concerns.”
Agriculture is Alabama’s largest industry and supports thousands of jobs throughout the 2nd Congressional District. With more than 400,000 members, he Alabama Farmers Federation is the State’s largest farmer organization.
The Republican Primary is March 1, but at this point there are only two announced Republican challengers: Larry DiChiara from Auburn, who is challenging Rep. Mike Rogers from Saks and Becky Gerritson from Wetumpka, who is challenging Roby.
Congresswoman Roby has represented the Second Congressional District since unseating Congressman Bobby Bright (D from Montgomery) in 2010.