Wednesday, the Chancellor of Troy University, Dr. Jack Hawkins, endorsed state Senator Gerald Dial in his race for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries against Rick Pate. Dr. Hawkins gave his endorsement based on “twenty-seven years of experience watching Gerald Dial’s honest, effective leadership.”
Upon announcing his endorsement of the Ag candidate, Dr. Hawkins released the following statement:
“One of Alabama’s great patriots and public servants – Gerald Dial – has offered himself to the voters for statewide service as the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. In my opinion he is the embodiment of the values of faith, family and country that Alabamians hold dear and expect of those in public office.
“Over the years I have learned that Alabama public education – at all levels from kindergarten through Ph.D. – has no better friend than Gerald Dial. Sen. Dial began his career as a teacher and a coach, so he understands the hard work and sacrifice that educators make daily. This understanding led Sen. Dial to advocate for a special bonus, approved this year, for retired educators and other state employees.
“On a personal note, experience has taught me that Gerald Dial is a man of strong integrity whose word is his bond. His work ethic is unmatched, as is his loyalty to friends and family. I can think of no better person to serve us as Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.
“Please cast your vote on July 17 to ensure Gerald Dial, an outstanding public servant, has the opportunity to continue to serve us in Montgomery.”
The runoff election between Sen. Gerald Dial and Rick Pate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries is July 17.