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Last opponent Cecil Murphy endorses Dial for Republican 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)

Republican Agriculture Commissioner candidate Sen. Gerald Dial has now received endorsements from two of his former opponents.

Republican candidate Cecil Murphy who carried 77,000 votes in the June 5 primary election for Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries on Monday endorsed his former rival.

Dial will face Lowndesboro Mayor Rick Pate in the Republican primary runoff on July 17.

“I care about the future of agriculture in Alabama, and I believe Gerald Dial is the man now who can handle the role of leading that industry forward,” said Cecil Murphy. “Gerald will promote Alabama’s products and workforce beyond our borders, nationally and internationally.”

Murphy’s endorsement means both Republican Agriculture Commissioner candidate has joined with Dial, with Tracy “T.O.” Crane has thrown his support behind Dial in June.

Dial endorsed by former candidate in Ag Commissioner runoff

Crane and Murphy together earned 132,000 votes out of the 448,600 cast for Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries which may give Dial an edge over Pate.

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Cecil Murphy grew up in the rural community of Peterman, Alabama, helping his grandfather with cattle, property repair, and equipment maintenance. After college, he worked as a mathematics teacher and later as a career technical teacher. Cecil is married to Alissa Murphy, and the couple has three sons, a daughter, and one grandchild.

“Cecil Murphy cares about keeping our food safe and protecting the fair trade of Alabama’s products. I am thankful for his commitment to our state and his endorsement,” remarked Dial.

Gerald Dial is a native of Clay County, Alabama. He is a small businessman and timber farmer. Dial is endorsed by the NRA for his work to protect the Second Amendment and by Alabama Citizens for Life for having the most pro-life voting record in the Alabama Legislature.

“Alabama needs honest leaders who will serve the people’s interests; Gerald Dial is the man for Alabama agriculture on July 17,” concluded Murphy.


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