The Alabama Forestry Association on Tuesday announced its endorsement of Republican State Sen. Chris Elliott who is seeking re-election for state Senate District 32.
“Since he was elected in 2018, Chris has hit the ground running and has developed the reputation as one of the state’s hardest working legislators,” said AFA President and CEO Chris Isaacson. “He represents a district that is a high growth area of the state but still has an active and vibrant forestry industry and we appreciate that Chris understands the need to protect these rural activities. We look forward to working with him for the next four years.”
Elliott thanked the Forestry Association for their endorsement.
“The Alabama Forestry Association is widely regarded as one of the most conservative in Alabama and it is an honor to receive their endorsement,” said Elliott. “I’m proud to have a record of working with the association to author important legislation protecting private property rights and limiting government regulations. I look forward to continuing our work on true conservative lawmaking.”
Elliott is a former Baldwin County commissioner, which makes him a policy leader in local governance and this experience allowed him to successfully address some very difficult issues. This past legislative session, Elliott successfully authored and guided Senate Bill 107 into law. The legislation protects private property rights by limiting the power municipalities have over planning outside of city limits. It also ensures sales tax revenue raised in the Police Jurisdictions is used appropriately for public safety. AFA actively worked to support Elliott in making this bill a success.
District 32 is in Baldwin County, which is now the fastest-growing county in Alabama, according to the 2020 U.S. Census data. Since Elliot’s district is one of the fastest-growing in the state, it is likely to shrink in land area when the Legislature reapportions and redistricts all of the Alabama state legislative seats in a special session this fall.
The primary election is on May 24, 2022.
The Alabama Forestry Association is one of the largest state forestry associations in the country with a membership that includes forest products manufacturers, landowners, loggers, wood dealers, foresters, consultants, and others involved in forestry. AFA is dedicated to protecting and improving the business, regulatory and legal environment for landowners and forest business owners to ensure the sustainable growth of Alabama’s forests and forest industry.
Forests cover more than two-thirds of the state and provide the raw material for Alabama’s second-largest manufacturing industry. Forestry provides a $27.7 billion total economic output to the state’s economy.