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Alabama Forestry Association endorses five state House incumbents

The association has endorsed House members Phillip Pettus, Ben Robbins, Prince Chestnut, Kenneth Paschal and Chris Blackshear.


The Alabama Forestry Association in another round of endorsements threw support behind five incumbents in House races. 

Phillip Pettus, a retired Alabama State Trooper, is running for reelection to House District 1, which covers Lauderdale County. 

“I’m proud to have the endorsement of a conservative, pro-business organization like the Alabama Forestry Association,” Pettus said “Like me, they believe in limited government, individual rights, and traditional values. I’m glad to have their support.”

Ben Robbins is running for reelection for District 33, which represents parts of Clay, Coosa and Talladega Counties. Robbins, a lawyer, won the special election to fill the vacant District 33 seat in 2021.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” Robbins said. “The timber industry is one of the largest sectors of the economy in my district and in the State. I will continue to work hard on behalf of the thousands of individuals directly and indirectly employed by the timber industry.”

Prince Chestnut represents House District 67, which covers all of Dallas County and part of Perry County. Chestnut is the the presiding municipal court judge for the City of Selma and is the ranking Minority Member for the Urban and Rural Development Committee in the House. 

“It is an honor to be endorsed by the Association, which represents Forestry throughout the State of Alabama,” Chestnut said. “Forestry is important to my district and brings value to Alabama’s rural economy. I appreciate the support and confidence the Association has placed in me.”

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Kenneth Paschal is seeking reelection for House District 73, which covers part of Shelby County. Paschal served in the United States Army for 21 years, and is a member of the Shelby County Republican Party Executive Committee.

“I’m very thankful to receive the endorsement of AFA,” Paschal said. “Forestry is a very important industry in Alabama. It employs thousands of people across Alabama, including many in Shelby County. I appreciate AFA’s continued support. I look forward to working with them by being elected to a full-term in the general election for Alabama House of Representatives District 73 on November 8, 2022.”

Chris Blackshear was elected to District 80 in 2018, which covers parts of Lee and Russell Counties. He serves as chair for the Financial Services Committee and serves on four other committees in the House. Blackshear worked as a reporter for Troy University and served on the Phenix City Council and as mayor pro tempore. 

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Blackshear. “The forestry industry is a vital economic driver of our state and I look forward to continuing my work with AFA in keeping Alabama a small government, pro- business 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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