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ALFA makes round of endorsements

Endorsements from the state’s largest farm organization are coveted.

The logo of the Alabama Farmer's Federation.

The Alabama Farmers Federation on Wednesday announced a round of endorsements in several state races.  

In the Alabama House District 38 race, which covers part of Lee and Chambers counties, the federation has endorsed Rep. Debbie Wood, R-Valley. Wood owns Century 21 Wood Real Estate in Valley. 

ALFA in a press release noted Wood is involved in several civic and charitable organizations, and as a breast cancer survivor, Wood is an advocate for early detection and screening for breast cancer survivors, as well as post-treatment support.

“It is a great honor to receive the endorsement of the Farmers Federation. They are hardworking people, and I strongly believe in their work ethic, principles and ideals,” Wood said. 

“Rep. Wood is a legislator who will represent the needs of farmers and all her constituents,” said Jamie Lazenby, president of the Lee County Farmers Federation, in a statement. “She has a strong work ethic and is a strong conservative.”

“Rep. Wood is a legislator who knows the needs of this district and will work tirelessly to see that they are addressed in Montgomery. She is a good public servant,”  said Chris Langley, president of the Chambers County Farmers Federation.

ALFA also endorsed Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills,  for Alabama Senate District 16, which includes portions of Jefferson and Shelby counties. Waggoner has represented District 16 since 1990. 

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“It is an honor to receive this endorsement, and I will continue to work hard to represent the farmers and businesses of my district,” Waggoner said in a statement. “I am honored to have their continued support. It means a great deal to me.”

“Sen. Waggoner has been a strong advocate for us in the State Senate,” said Dr. Stevan Parsons, president of the Jefferson County Farmers Federation, in a statement. “We know he will continue his hard work and dedication to our cause and our district.” 

“Sen. Waggoner has done an excellent job for us in Montgomery. He is a good public servant and appreciates the needs of farmers,” said John Deloach, president of the Shelby County Farmers Federation. “He is a conservative leader, and we are proud to endorse him.”

In the Senate District 7 race, ALFA has endorsed Sen. Sam Givhan, R-Huntsville, an attorney with Wilmer and Lee Attorneys at Law in Huntsville. 

“It is an honor to have the Alabama Farmers Federation’s support,” Givhan said in a statement. “I share their conservative values and will hard for the farmers and all the people of District 7 to ensure they are well represented in the Alabama Senate.”

ALFA also endorsed Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, for Alabama Senate District 3, which includes Morgan County and parts of southeastern Limestone County and southwestern Madison County. Orr is executive vice president of Cook’s Pest Control.

“I am honored to have the Alabama Farmers Federation endorsement and look forward to continuing to work hard for our farmers and all the people of this district,” Orr said in a statement. 

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“Sen. Orr is a business leader and outstanding member of our community,” Mark Byrd, president of the Morgan County Farmers Federation, said in a statement. “His strong leadership has served us well at home and in Montgomery. We need him representing us again in the Alabama Senate.”

“Sen. Arthur Orr is a strong leader in the Alabama Senate,” said Bill Mullins, FarmPAC chairman of the Madison County Farmers Federation. “I can think of no one more experienced and capable than him to continue to represent us in Montgomery in the Senate.”

ALFA also endorsed Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, for Alabama Senate District 1, which covers portions of Lauderdale, Limestone and Madison counties. Melson is owner of Shoals Medical Trials, and owns and operates a crop farm. 

“I am both humbled and honored to have the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation and look forward to serving them and all the people of Senate District 1 in the Alabama Senate,” Melson said in a statement. 

“Sen. Tim Melson is an experienced leader who understands the needs of the people of this district,” Joe Dickerson, president of the Lauderdale County Farmers Federation, said in a statement. “He is a conservative who will continue to represent the needs of our district well in the Alabama Senate.”

“Sen. Melson has been a strong voice for us in Montgomery,” said Jeff Peek, president of the Limestone County Farmers Federation.  “He is one of us and understands our needs and will represent them well in Montgomery.”

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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