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ProgressPAC board of directors endorses candidates in two upcoming elections

ProgressPAC has endorsed Ben Robbins in Alabama House District 33 and Russell Bedsole in House District 49.


The board of directors for ProgressPAC, the Business Council of Alabama’s political action committee, has endorsed two candidates vying for seats in the Alabama House of Representatives.

ProgressPAC has endorsed Ben Robbins in the race to represent Alabama House District 33, a seat formerly represented by late Rep. Ron Johnson, and Russell Bedsole in the race to represent Alabama House District 49, a seat left vacant by the resignation of Rep. April Weaver.

A seventh-generation resident of Talledega County, Ben Robbins currently works as a practicing attorney in Sylacauga where he is an active member of the community. Robbins serves in numerous capacities throughout the area, including as co-president of Leadership Sylacauga, past-president of the Talladega Rotary Club and board member with Habitat for Humanity.

Russell Bedsole is a resident of Alabaster, where he has worked in law enforcement since 1999, currently serving as a captain in the Shelby County sheriff’s office. Bedsole also serves on the Alabaster City Council and is an active member of Leadership Shelby County, board of directors and his local church.

“Ben Robbins and Russell Bedsole are dedicated to serving the people of our state. They support a strong educational system, improving infrastructure, and encouraging economic development throughout Alabama,” said Gary Smith, ProgressPAC board of directors chairman. “They believe in the business community and the jobs it creates. ProgressPAC is proud to endorse these candidates in their upcoming elections.”

The Alabama House District 33 Republican primary election is scheduled for Oct. 6, 2020, with the general election scheduled for Jan. 19, 2021.

The Alabama House District 49 special election will take place on Nov. 17, 2020.

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