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Alabama Forestry Association endorses five Alabama House incumbents

The association endorsed five incumbent House members, all seeking reelection.

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The Alabama Forestry Association on Tuesday announced endorsements of Tim Wadsworth, Laura Hall, Jeremy Gray, Chris Sells and Chip Brown for seats in the Alabama House. 

Wadsworth, an attorney, was elected to represent District 14 in 2014. The district includes parts of Winston, Walker and Jefferson Counties. He is currently the vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee

“The forest industry affects every county and jobs are created every day,” Wadsworth said in a statement. “Foresters, landowners, sawmills, truckers, loggers, blade sharpeners, retail stores, home builders, general contractors, subcontractors, etc. are all affected by the forest industry. My son is a forester in Alabama. I will do everything I can to help improve, support and assist the forest Industry.”

Hall was first elected to the House in 1993 and serves in District 19, which represents part of Madison County. Hall is the Vice Chair of the Madison County Legislative Delegation and Ranking Minority Member of both the General Fund Finance and Appropriations Committee and Internal Affairs Committee in the House. She worked in public education for over 40 years.

“I appreciate the Alabama Forestry Association’s endorsement and look forward to working together in the best interest for the people of Alabama,” Hall said. 

Gray in 2018 was elected to District 83, which covers parts of Lee and Russell Counties. He founded his own physical and mental wellness company called “Elevate Your Grind.” Gray also founded the nonprofit organization “The Curtis House” which serves the East Alabama community focused on keeping people of all ages safe and healthy.

“The Alabama Forestry Association has long been a champion for the forest products industry,” Gray said. “Whether it is providing professional training to forest landowners, increasing awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of the forest industry, or simply encouraging us all to be good stewards of Alabama’s natural resources, the Alabama Forestry Association is an intricate and vital part of what makes Alabama a great asset. It is an honor to be endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association and a privilege to have their support. I look forward to this continuous partnership and future collaborations.”

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Sells is running to serve a third term in District 90, which represents parts of Montgomery, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh and Crenshaw counties. Sells is the current Vice Chair for the House State Government Committee and is the owner and founder of Sells Medical Equipment in Greenville. 

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the hardworking men and women who work in Alabama’s forest industry” Sells said. “From the stump to the sawmill, the industry is an incredibly important economic driver for our state.”

Brown has represented District 105 since 2018. The district covers parts of Mobile County. Brown is a Veteran of the Alabama Army National Guard and served on active duty with the US Army and US Central Command at the Forward Command Headquarters during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also deployed twice as a military adviser based in Kabul, Afghanistan for NATO-International Security Assistance Force and US Forces Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Brown currently is a business owner, Realtor and entrepreneur.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement from the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Brown. “The Association is always in the forefront to solve important issues facing Alabama. It’s an honor and a privilege working with them  to improve the lives of the people of our state and I look forward to the next four years.”

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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