The Alabama Farmers Federation’s FarmPAC yesterday announced its endorsement of Stan Cooke for State Auditor. Cooke faces Andrew Sorrell in the Republican Primary Runoff on June 21.
“Stan Cooke is a man of faith who will stand up for what is right and demand accountability in our government,” said the Federation’s Matthew Durdin. “He understands our issues and knows how important the appointment of the Board of Registrars is to our organization and its 340,000 member families. We are pleased to announce our support and encourage others across the state to support Stan Cooke in the State Auditor race.”
Cooke said receiving FarmPAC’s endorsement is an honor.
“Farming is the No. 1 industry in our state — a $70 billion industry. Farmers are hardworking men and women and are the backbone of our economy,” Cooke said. “Just like families, government must live within its means. Cutting wasteful spending, demanding accountability and integrity in our government is my priority. As Auditor, I will make sure government runs as efficiently as possible.”
Cooke founded international Christian mission organization Abraham’s Promise, which directs and supports benevolence programs in Israel, a Christian School in Israel, and educational and humanitarian programs in the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ecuador.
“Cooke is no stranger to hard work,” said the AFF FarmPAC. He worked summer jobs at V. J. Elmore’s warehouse and in coal mines to earn money to attend college. He holds degrees from Lee University, The Jewish-Christian Institute and the University of Alabama at Birmingham/University of Alabama’s dual degree program. Cooke, who has worked 35-plus years in ministry and nearly two decades in other industries, earned degrees include areas of study such as Theology, Physical Science, Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, Family Counseling, Comparative Religion, Education Leadership & Technology and Higher Education Administration.
Cooke is married to Michelle, a Word Processing Specialist for Burr & Forman LLP in Birmingham. They have two daughters, Heather and Heidi, who are both occupational therapists.