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Alabama Forestry Association endorses five incumbent Republicans for State House

Representatives Terri Collins, Jim Carns, Reed Ingram, Paul Lee and Matt Simpson are all seeking re-election.

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The Alabama Forestry Association on Monday announced endorsement for five incumbent state lawmakers seeking Republican nominations for their House seats in the primary election on May 24. 

Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, is running for a third term for House District, which covers part of Morgan County. Prior to her election to the House in 2010 Collins worked as the vice president of marketing and sales at a bank for 16 years. She serves as the Chair of the House Education Policy Committee and also serves on the Education Ways and Means Committee. 

“I am honored to be endorsed by the forest industry,” Collins said in a statement. “They provide jobs, career paths, and are excellent citizens for Alabama.” 

Rep. Jim Carns, R-Birmingham, was elected to House Seat 48 in 2011. The district covers parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Carns is the Chair of the House Commerce and Small Business Committee and the Chair of the Jefferson County Legislation Committee. 

“I am grateful to be endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association,” Carns said in a statement. “I appreciate our long, working relationship as we work to together to improve the state as we face vital issues. I look forward to working with them by being re-elected in the upcoming election cycle.”

Rep. Reed Ingram, R-Pike Road, is running for re-election for House District 75, which covers parts of Montgomery and Elmore Counties. Ingram is a member of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee and is the Chair of County and Municipal Government Committee. Ingram and his wife own SweetCreek Farm Market and Ingram Motor Company. 

“I am honored to be endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association,” Ingram said. “Their continuing support is truly appreciated. Forestry is an economic driver for our state and I always enjoy working with AFA to ensure that Forestry is an economic sector that continues to thrive.”

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Rep. Paul Lee, R-Dothan, is running for re-election for House District 86, which covers a large part of Houston County. Lee is currently the executive director of Wiregrass Rehab Center in Dothan and is the Chair of the House Health Committee and is a member of the General Fund Committee and Legislative Council.

“I want to thank the Alabama Forestry Association for their endorsement,” Lee said. “Our forest industry, not only makes our state beautiful, it is a valuable natural resource carefully maintained by the Alabama Forestry Association, Alabama’s foresters, landowners and forest product Employees.”

Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Daphne, has served House District 96 since 2018. The district covers parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Simpson previously worked with Baldwin County and Mobile County’s District Attorney’s Office for nearly 12 years and is a previous chairman of the Baldwin County Republican Party. 

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Simpson. “Forest products are critical to a thriving Alabama economy and I appreciate all that AFA does for our timber industry across the state.”

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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