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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Bill Cole for Court of Criminal Appeals

Cole is seeking reelection to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in the 2024 primary.

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The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) announced its endorsement of John William “Bill” Cole for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He is running for  reelection for his second term on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. 

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama School of Law, Cole worked  in private practice for 13 years in Birmingham. He served as a special prosecutor, a special  circuit court judge and for four years as a municipal court judge in Morris, Alabama. Cole was  appointed by Governor Bob Riley to serve as a circuit judge in Jefferson County.  

“Judge Cole brings great experience to the appellate bench and has remained steadfast to his  conservative principles,” said CEO and President of AFA, Chris Isaacson. “Alabama is fortunate  to have public servants with his character and work ethic.” 

Cole is married to the former Kelli Clayton, and they have four children. They reside in  Birmingham where he was born and raised. Cole is active in his community, serving on many  clubs and boards. 

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Cole. “The  timber industry is vital to Alabama’s economy, and I am grateful for the important role that the  Alabama Forestry Association plays in strengthening our economy. As a judge on the Alabama  Court of Criminal Appeals, I have been guided by conservative principles and a strong work  ethic. I understand the importance of the Rule of Law and I will continue to decide cases with the  foundational belief that everyone must be treated equally under the law.” 

Cole is seeking reelection to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in the Primary Election on  March 5, 2024.

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