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Forestry Association endorses five more in state House races

The association endorsed six more incumbents seeking re-election to their districts.

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The Alabama Forestry Association this week announced endorsements of Craig Lipscomb, David Standridge, Steve Hurst, Debbie Wood and Pebblin Warren for seats in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Lipscomb is running for reelection for District 30, which covers St. Clair and Etowah counties. He has his bachelor’s in architecture from Auburn University and is a registered architect in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Illinois. 

“I am extremely honored to be endorsed by such an outstanding organization as the Alabama Forestry Association,” Lipscomb said in a statement. “Their conservative values and dedication to education, conservation and economic growth is extraordinary. I will always stand with AFA as we fight for businesses, industry and the people in and related to our forestry industry.”

Standridge is running for reelection to represent District 34, which covers Blount and Marshall counties. Standridge serves as vice chairman of the Urban and Rural Development Committee. Standridge was in law enforcement for 21 years and retired as Blount County’s probate judge in 2012.

“As the Chairman of the House Rural Caucus, I understand the importance of the Forestry Industry in our state and especially in rural Alabama,” Standridge said. “I appreciate the members of this organization, and I’m thankful for their support.”

Hurst is running for reelection for District 35, which covers Calhoun, Clay and Talladega counties. He is vice chair of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee and is employed with Georgia Pacific Corporation. 

“Thank you for the Alabama Forestry Association endorsement,” Hurst said. “I am very pleased to say because of good people like you all I do not have opposition. Alabama Forestry is an incredible association that works continuously for the state of Alabama. I am honored to have served for the past 24 years and I have obtained a lot of good knowledge from the Forestry Association and with your help Alabama will continue to move forward.”

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Wood serves District 38, which represents Lee and Chambers counties. She has owned and operated Century 21 Woods Real Estate in Valley since 2000. Wood served four terms as a Chambers County Commissioner before she was elected to the House.

“District 38 is rich in agriculture and forestry which provides jobs, resources and sustainable land use,” Wood said “The services that the Alabama Forestry Association provide ensure that we will have a lifetime of timber economic growth. Alabama is stronger with WOOD.”

Warren is running for reelection for District 82, which covers Tallapoosa, Macon and Lee counties. She retired from Alabama Industrial Development Training in 2015 and serves on the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees. 

“It is an honor to receive the Alabama Forestry Association endorsement and I look forward to our continued working relationship,” Warren said.

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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