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Dial endorsed by former candidate in Ag Commissioner runoff

Sen. Gerald Dial speaks at a committee meeting about a bill that would appropriate money for rural doctors, an issue that he has championed for years. (Samuel Mattison/APR)

Tracy “T.O.” Crane has thrown his support – and hopefully 55k votes – behind Gerald Dial.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner candidate Tracy “T.O.” Crane ran a good race, receiving over 50,000 votes but now he’s throwing his support behind Gerald Dial.

Crane decided to back Dial after assessing the two runoff candidates’ experience, background, and vision for Alabama’s largest industry.

“Gerald Dial is an honorable man who will fight the status quo at the Department of Agriculture and Industries,” stated Tracy “T.O.” Crane. “I support Gerald Dial in the Republican runoff election on July 17, and I ask my 55,000 supporters to do the same. With Gerald Dial, we can count on food safety and economic growth being at the top of his agenda.”

Crane is a 5th-generation farmer from north Jefferson County. He worked for the FBI out of the Birmingham field office for almost twenty years.

Early in his career, he worked with the Office of Independent Counsel on the Whitewater Investigation in Little Rock, Arkansas, which investigated President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton.

“Tracy Crane is one of the leading experts of food safety in the world. His endorsement of my campaign is important to every Alabama family that cares about the safety of our food, a major component of the Agriculture Commissioner’s job,” commented Gerald Dial.

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Gerald Dial is a native of Clay County, Alabama, and passed two of the most influential pieces of legislation in Alabama history to help agriculture and the economy. The Current Use bill saved the agriculture industry hundreds of millions of dollars to reinvest into their operations and more jobs. The Lid Bill protected farmers against unnecessary tax increases.

“When you go vote on July 17th, keep your family’s safety in mind and vote for Gerald Dial for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. Alabama can’t afford any other choice,” Crane concluded.


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