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ALFA endorses three incumbent Republicans in Alabama House races

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed state representatives Gil Isbell, Steve Hurst and Matt Simpson.

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The Alabama Farmers Federation on Thursday made three endorsements in Alabama House races, endorsing Rep. Gil Isbell, R-Gadsden,  for Alabama House District 28, which is in Etowah County.

“Rep. Gil Isbell has worked hard to represent the people of this district,” Donald Sewell, Etowah Farmers Federation president, said in a statement. “In the Legislature, he is a conservative voice for Etowah County, and we appreciate his hard work and representation.”

Isbell has worked in office administration, real estate, retail furniture and hotel administration, according to a pres release from ALFA.  He is a member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Gadsden Foundation, and Kiwanis of Gadsden where he is past president. Isbell also serves on the board of the Salvation Army.

“I am excited to receive the endorsement of the Farmers Federation,” Isbell said in a statement. “They work hard to help improve this county and our state, and I look forward to working with them to continue to do the same.”

In the Alabama House District 96 race, ALFA endorsed Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Daphne. 

“Rep. Simpson is a fine person and a good leader for us in the House of Representatives and at home,” Hope Cassebaum, Baldwin County Farmers Federation president, said in the release. “We support him because we know of the outstanding job he has done and will continue to do for us in Baldwin County.”

Simpson is an attorney with Mobile’s Davis & Fields law firm, and was formerly a prosecutor. 

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Simpson is a past chairman of the Baldwin County Republican Party and has served as chairman of the Baldwin County Young Republicans. 

“I share the same values and work ethic as Farmers Federation members, so I am truly honored by their endorsement,” Simpson said in a statement. “I realize the importance of agriculture to our state, and I appreciate all their hard work in making Baldwin County an even better place to live and work.”

Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, received ALFA’s endorsement for House District 35, which includes portions of Calhoun and Talladega counties. He is a previous county commissioner and is employed by Georgia Pacific Corporation. 

“It is always an honor to receive the endorsement of hard-working farmers,” Hurst said. “They are the salt of the earth, and I look forward to working with them.”

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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