The Alabama Farmers Federation has announced more legislative endorsements. Alabama has 105 members of the Alabama House of Representatives and 35 members in the Alabama Senate.
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent state Rep. Bob Fincher (R-Rocky Branch) for Alabama House District 37, which is in Chambers, Cleburne and Randolph counties.
“Rep. Fincher does an excellent job representing us in the Legislature, and we are proud to support him for reelection,” said Dean Wysner, Randolph County Farmers Federation president. “He is a fine public servant.”
“It is beyond humbling to receive the endorsement of the farmers of our state,” said Fincher. “They are a conservative group of people who work hard to help improve this district and our state, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to do the same.”
Fincher is a retired teacher, having taught government, economics and history for 31 years in public schools. Fincher spent another five years as a teacher and administrator at a private school. Fincher is a graduate of Auburn University.
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) for Alabama House District 73, which covers portions of Alabaster, Calera and Pelham in Shelby County.
“Rep. Paschal has worked hard to carry our voices to Montgomery, and we appreciate his efforts to represent the farmers of this district,” said John Deloach, Shelby County Farmers Federation president. “He has served all the people of this district well, and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”
“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the Farmers Federation,” said Paschal. “Agriculture is Alabama’s largest economic industry, and farmers are small business owners. We share the same conservative values, and I look forward to working with them in the future, as I have in the past.”
Paschal served 21 years in the Army before retiring in 2006. Paschal has been involved in numerous local non-profit organizations including the American Legion, Alabama Family Rights Association, Bridge the Gap, and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Shelby County GOP Executive Committee.
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) for Alabama House District 24, which is in DeKalb County.
“Nathaniel Ledbetter is a proven conservative leader who knows the issues facing farmers and is willing to address them,” said David Bailey, president of the DeKalb County Farmers Federation. “He has worked hard to represent our interests in the Legislature, and we have no doubt he will continue to do so.”
Ledbetter was elected by his peers in the House of Representatives to serve as Majority Leader. He is a member of the DeKalb County Tourism Board and the Northeast Alabama Agri-business Center.
“I am honored to receive this endorsement and will work hard to represent the farmers and all the citizens and businesses of House District 24,” Ledbetter said. “I appreciate their continued support and the confidence they have placed in me.”
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden) for Alabama House District 34, which is in Blount County.
“Rep. Standridge has represented this county in four different levels of service, and he will use that same leadership to continue to represent us well in the House of Representatives,” said Blount County Farmers Federation President Jeff Maze.
“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of such a fine organization in our state,” said Standridge. “I share their values and look forward to working hard to ensure a state government that is conservative in nature.”
Standridge has a Bachelor of Science degree from Athens State University where he graduated summa cum laude. He also received a degree from Wallace State College and attended the FBI National Academy.
Standridge previously served on the Blount County Board of Education, as probate judge and as chairman of the Blount County Commission. He is a retired captain from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office where he served 21 years.
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed Rep. Ginny Shaver for Alabama House District 39, which is in portions of Cherokee and Dekalb counties.
“Rep. Ginny Shaver serves on the agriculture committee, so she knows the needs of our farmers and is willing to help us when we need her,” said John Bert East, president of the Cherokee County Farmers Federation. “She is an experienced public servant who knows how to get things done.”
“It is always an honor to receive the endorsement of the Famers Federation,” said Shaver. “They are hard-working people. I share their work ethic and will use it to best represent their needs.”
Shaver is a Certified Municipal Clerk and has 17 years of experience in municipal government. She was employed by the City of Gadsden and served as the town clerk for Leesburg. Prior to that, she owned Shaver Tax and Bookkeeping for 10 years.
Shaver attended Gadsden State Community College and Chattahoochee Valley Community College, majoring in accounting and computer science. She continued her education at Jacksonville State University.
Shaver is married to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver.
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed Elmore County Commissioner Troy Stubbs (R) for Alabama House District 31. The Elmore County seat is being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka).
“Commissioner Stubbs has done a good job for the people of this county on the Elmore County Commission,” said Richard Edgar, Elmore County Farmers Federation president. “We know he will carry his experience in county government to Montgomery to best meet the needs of our farmers.”
“It is humbling to receive the endorsement of Elmore County’s farmers,” Stubbs said. “I will work hard to represent them and all the constituents of this district well in Montgomery. As a conservative and a small business owner, I understand the challenges our local farmers and other small businesses face.”
Stubbs is presently chairman of the Elmore County Commission. Stubbs is also a financial advisor at First Community Bank of Central Alabama.
Stubbs attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in finance. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in secondary mathematics from Alabama State University.
The major party primaries will be on May 24.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with more than 340,000 members. It uses a true grassroots approach to select candidates, relying on FarmPAC endorsements from county Federation boards for local elections.
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