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ALFA announces more endorsements

All nine endorsements are for Republican candidates.

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The Alabama Farmers Federation announced nine new endorsements Thursday, all Republicans and only one newcomer, to fill a Republican vacancy.

Rep. Scott Stadthagen, R-Hartselle

Rep. Scott Stadthagen represents District 9, which is in Morgan County.

“Rep. Stadthagen has worked hard to represent the people of this district and take our voices to Montgomery,” said Morgan County Farmers Federation President Mark Byrd. “We look forward to him continuing his good work for us another four years.”

Stadthagen is a graduate of the University of West Alabama and is owner of Hagen Homes Inc. He has served as a member of Hartselle Chamber of Commerce, the Morgan County Builders Association and the Economic Development Group of Hartselle.

“I am humbled by the Alabama farmers endorsing me,” said Stadthagen. “I have enjoyed representing them in the past and will work tirelessly for them in the future.”

Rep. Lynn Greer, R- Rogersville

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Rep. Lynn Greer represents District 2, which is in portions of Lauderdale and Limestone counties.

“Rep. Greer has been representing the people of Limestone County for many years and has done so effectively,” said Jeff Peek, Limestone County Farmers Federation president. “He is more than qualified to continue his representation.”

Greer attended the University of Alabama at Huntsville and received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He is the former owner of Rogersville Marine Dealership and currently owns Greer Construction and Greer Management.

“It is a compliment to receive the endorsement of this district’s farmers,” Greer said. “I know their needs and their issues well and will continue to work with them in the future in the House of Representatives.”

Sen. Chris Elliot, R-Fairhope

Sen. Chris Elliot represents District 32, which is in Baldwin County.

“Sen. Chris Elliott is one of the hardest workers we have representing us in Montgomery,” said Hope Cassebaum, Baldwin County Farmers Federation president. “He is a conservative go-getter who knows how to get things done in the Legislature, and we are proud to endorse him.”

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Elliot received his B.A. degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia, where he majored in political science and urban policy. 

Elliott has been involved in multiple civic and charitable organizations in his district, state and nation. He was previously chairman of the Baldwin County Commission, chairman of the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Baldwin County United Way.

“It is an honor any time you are endorsed by the farmers of this state,” said Elliott. “I greatly appreciate the vote of confidence they have given me and take it very seriously.”

Sen. David Sessions, R-Mobile

Sen. David Sessions represents District 35, which covers the southern portion of Mobile County.

“David is in the farming business himself, so he knows the importance of agriculture in our district and state,” said Art Sessions, Mobile County Farmers Federation president. “He has worked hard to represent farmers and all the people of southern Mobile County and will continue to do so.”

Sessions previously served in the House of Representatives and served the people of House District 105 before joining the Senate. He owns and operates a farming business in Grand Bay, where he has lived his entire life. He is active in his community and his district through various civic and charitable activities. 

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“I personally and professionally know the importance of agriculture to the people of this district and our state,” said Sessions. “It is an honor to serve them and to be their voice in Montgomery.” 

Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette

Rep. Kyle South represents District 16, which covers portions of Fayette, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties.

“Rep. South is a leader in the House of Representatives and a friend to farmers,” said Joe Roberts, Fayette County Farmers Federation president. “He is accessible and hardworking, and we are proud to support him.”

South received his B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Alabama and is a lifelong native of District 16. He is president and general manager of West Alabama T.V. Cable.

“I enjoy representing the farmers in my district,” said South. “They are hardworking people with strong conservative values, and it is an honor to represent them at home and in Montgomery.”

Kerry Bubba Underwood, R-Tuscumbia

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ALFA  has endorsed Kerry “Bubba” Underwood for Alabama House District 3, which is in portions of Colbert and Lauderdale counties. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Andrew Sorrell.

“Bubba Underwood has the experience to be a leader in the House of Representatives,” said Luther Bishop, Colbert County Farmers Federation president. “He has an extensive knowledge of how local government works, and he can expand that into state government to best represent us.”

Underwood is mayor of Tuscumbia and is a small business owner. He participates in various civic and charitable causes in his community.

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of this district’s farmers,” Underwood said. “I will work hard to represent them and all the constituents of this district well in Montgomery.”

Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Cullman

Rep. Corey Harbison represents District 12, which is in Cullman County.

“Rep. Harbison has been accessible to us,” said Ben Haynes, Cullman County Farmers Federation president. “We look forward to working with him over the next four years to improve Cullman County.”

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Harbison is the former mayor of Good Hope. He is active in his community through various local civic and charitable organizations.

“It is extremely humbling to have the endorsement of such honest and hard-working people,” said Harbison. “I will continue to work hard to support their issues.”

Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa

Sen. Gerald Allen represents District 21, which covers portions of Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties. 

“Sen. Allen has always had an interest in agriculture in his district, and he has taken that interest with him to Montgomery to best represent us,” said Jim Lavender, Tuscaloosa Farmers Federation County president. “We need his continued conservative voice in the Legislature.”

Allen received his B.S. Degree in education from the University of Alabama. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served in the House of Representatives. He owns and operates CASHCO Marketing.

He is active in his community and his district through multiple civic and charitable activities. 

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“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Alabama’s farmers,” said Allen. “It is an honor to carry their voices to Montgomery through the legislative process.”

Rep. Andy Whitt, R-Harvest

Rep. Andy Whitt represents District 6, which is in portions of Limestone and Madison counties.

“Rep. Whitt cares about the farmers and constituents of his district,” said Charles Butler, Madison County Farmers Federation president. “He is accessible and experienced in representing business interests, too. Those are some of the reasons we are endorsing him.”

Whitt is a lifelong resident and eighth-generation Madison Countian. He attended Calhoun Community College and Louisiana State University. He is S.V.P. of First National Bank.

He is a member of Huntsville Rotary Club, the Sparkman High School Hall of Fame and the University of North Alabama Foundation Board. Additionally, Whitt is a Paul Harris Fellow and former volunteer firefighter.

“It honors me to have the Alabama farmers endorse me,” Whitt said. “I have enjoyed representing them in the past and will do so in the future.”

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