By Brandon Moseley

Wednesday, the Alabama Farmers Federation announced its endorsement of Rep. Tracy Estes (R-Winfield) for Alabama House District 17, which covers portions of Lamar, Marion and Winston counties.

“Tracy is an education advocate who understands the needs of the people of this district and our farmers,” said Kenneth Real, the President of the Marion County Farmers Federation. “He is a conservative who will represent the needs of our district well in the Legislature, just as he has been doing in our community for years.”

“Rep. Estes is a hard worker who represents us well in the Legislature,” said Lamar County Farmers Federation President Will Gilmer. “He is a strong conservative and a true public servant.”

“Rep. Estes works hard to keep the people of this district informed of what’s going on in Montgomery,” said Darrell Lee, the President of the Winston County Farmers Federation. “We know he will continue to work hard for our people in District 17.”

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” said Estes. “It is an honor to continue to take the voice of the farmers and the people of this district to Montgomery.”

Estes has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. He is a former journalist, who retired from the Journal Record newspaper in Marion County, to run for elective office.

Estes and his wife, Tawanna, have two children and attend Winfield First Baptist Church where he is a deacon and member of a Southern gospel quartet.

HD17, like the rest of the legislative districts, will have to be reapportioned and redistricted prior to the 2022 election. A special session to deal with redistricting is scheduled for October 28.

The Republican primary is May 24, 2022.

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.