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Stan Cooke endorses Gerald Dial

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)

Stan Cooke, a native of Walker County, Ala., and founder of an international Christian ministry helping the Jewish people Israel, endorsed Gerald Dial (R) for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.

“I worked on Ronald Reagan’s two campaigns, and I know what a conservative looks like,” Cooke said. “Gerald Dial is the rock-solid conservative Alabama needs representing its largest industry. Gerald Dial is a man of honesty and character.”

Stan Cooke was the first of his family to graduate college and even went on to earn a doctorate. He has over 35 years of ministerial experience and 19 years in industry. Mr. Cooke is Founder and President of Abraham’s Promise, an international Christian mission organization that supports benevolence programs in Israel as well as a Christian school in Bethlehem, Israel.

Cooke has run for a number of offices in Republican primaries, including Congress, Lieutenant Governor, and most recently state Auditor.

“Hundreds of thousands of Alabama Republicans have voted for Stan Cooke over the past several years. To have Stan’s support is humbling,” commented Gerald Dial.

State Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) is a native of Clay County, Alabama. Dial is a retired coach and teacher. He is also a retired Brigadier General in the Alabama National Guard. Today he is a small businessman and timber farmer. Dial has served on the Lineville City Council. He served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1974 to 1982. Dial served in the state Senate from 1983 to 2006 and again from 2010 to the present. Dial decided not to run for re-election to the Senate and instead is running for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. Gerald Dial is 80.

Dial is endorsed by the NRA and by Alabama Citizens for Life.

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Dial’s opponent in the Republican primary runoff is Rick Pate. Pate is the Mayor of Lowndesboro, a timber farmer, owns a beef cattle farm that is noted for its Registered Charolais cattle, and is owner of a Montgomery landscaping company.

“Alabama Republicans need to compare the records of Gerald Dial and his opponent. They will see that Mr. Dial is leaps-and-bounds more qualified,” Cooke concluded.

The Republican primary is likely winner take all as no Democratic candidate has qualified for the office.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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