The Alabama Farmers Federation announced on Friday that it is endorsing Republican congressional candidate former State Rep. Barry Moore in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell said members of the state’s largest farm organization appreciate Moore’s agricultural background, conservative values and work ethic.
“Barry understands the importance of agriculture to southeast Alabama,” Parnell said. “He was a friend of agriculture when serving in the Alabama Legislature, and we are confident he will work hard for the farmers and forest owners of District 2 as a member of Congress.”
“As a successful small business owner, Barry knows the challenges of managing costs, making payroll and complying with government mandates,” Parnell said. “He appreciates the men and women who grow our food and fiber and is committed to helping them be more profitable. Barry recognizes the contributions agriculture makes to the economy and rural committees. He will be a strong voice for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.”
Moore thanked the federation for its endorsement.
“I grew up on a family farm in Coffee County and have a strong appreciation for the job Alabama farmers do every day,” Moore said. “I still believe in the American dream. We are blessed to live in a country where hard work is still rewarded. Farmers and rural families know this better than anyone. I appreciate the confidence the Alabama Farmers Federation has placed in me and look forward to working on behalf of their members and everyone in Congressional District 2.”
Moore graduated from Auburn University with a degree in agricultural science. While at Auburn, he enlisted in the Alabama National Guard and Reserves. Moore and his wife, Heather, started Barry Moore Industries, a small waste management company in Enterprise.
Moore was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in the Republican wave election of 2010, which ended 135 years of Democratic domination of the Alabama Legislature and gave the GOP supermajorities in the Alabama Legislature. Moore was re-elected in 2014.
In 2018, Moore left the legislature to run for Congress. He was defeated by incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, in the Republican primary. In 2020, Roby announced that she was retiring after five terms in Congress. Moore emerged from a crowded Republican field in the March 3 Republican primary to make the runoff.
On July 14, Moore defeated Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman to win the nomination. Coleman had been the Farmer’s Federation choice in the runoff.
Moore faces Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the Nov. 3 general election.
The Alabama Farmers Federation was founded in 1921 and represents more than 350,000 member families. Moore’s endorsement was recommended by county federations in District 2.