By Brandon Moseley

The Alabama Farmers Federation announced more endorsements of Republican incumbents in the state legislature.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville) for Alabama House District 18, which covers all of Franklin County and a portion of Colbert County.

“Jamie Kiel is a business owner and leader who works for the needs of the people of District 18,” said Derek Jackson, Franklin County Farmers Federation president. “He is a conservative businessman who has represented us well in Montgomery just as he has been doing in our community for years.”

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” said Kiel. “I am excited about continuing to represent the needs of our farmers and everyone in District 18 as well.”

Kiel owns and operates Kiel Equipment in Russellville. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama after beginning his studies at Northwest Shoals Community College.

He serves on the UNA Foundation Board of Directors. He has been an advocate for youth sports and various civic organizations throughout the community.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Rep. Proncey Robertson (R-Mount Hope) for Alabama House District 7, which covers all of Lawrence County and portions of Colbert and Morgan counties.

“Rep. Robertson is a fine example of a public servant at home and in Montgomery,” said Mark Byrd, Morgan County Farmers Federation president. “We are proud to support his continued service.”

“It is a great honor to receive the endorsement of the Farmers Federation,” said Robertson. “They are hardworking people, and I strongly believe in their work ethic, principles and ideals.”

Robertson is a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He is retired from the Decatur Police Department where he remains one of the most highly decorated officers, having been awarded 16 medals. One of them is the department’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor.

Robertson is involved in many civic and charitable organizations throughout his district.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) for Senate District 30, which covers all or portions of Autauga, Elmore, Chilton, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties.

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation and its members in District 30,” said Chambliss. “I am excited about continuing to be a voice for them in Montgomery.”

“Sen. Chambliss is a conservative who believes — as we believe — in family values and a strong work ethic,” said Ricky Cardwell, Coosa County Farmers Federation president. “He is an outstanding leader, and we are proud to support him.”

Chambliss received his civil engineering degree from the University of Alabama, and he is the principal of Chambliss Engineering.

He is active in his community and his district, having completed Leadership Autauga County, Leadership Elmore County and Leadership Alabama. He has served on numerous boards, including the Central Alabama Aging Consortium, Central Alabama Regional Planning Commission and the Montgomery Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountian Brook) for Alabama House District 46, which encompasses Mountain Brook and Homewood as well as portions of Hoover.

“Rep. Faulkner is a proven conservative, pro-business leader,” said Dr. Stevan Parsons, Jefferson County Farmers Federation president. “He shares our values and ideals and will continue to represent us well in Montgomery.”

“I am honored to receive this endorsement and will work hard to represent the citizens and businesses of House District 46,” Faulkner said. “I appreciate their continued support and the confidence they have placed in me.”

Faulkner received both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from the University of Alabama. He is an attorney with Christian Small in Birmingham, where he has a broad civil defense practice representing and defending a wide range of businesses and individuals.                 

Faulkner participates in multiple civic and charitable organizations in his district including, but not limited to, the Mountain Brook, Homewood and Hoover Chambers of Commerce. He serves on the Alabama Holocaust Commission and as co-chair of the Alabama Children’s Cabinet along with the governor. He has been named “Legislator of the Year” by four different professional associations.

The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with more than 350,000 members. It uses a true grassroots approach to select candidates, relying on FarmPAC endorsements from county Federation boards for local elections.