By Brandon Moseley

The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) announced it has endorsed incumbent Republican State Sen. Donnie Chesteen for reelection in State Senate District 29.

Forests cover more than two-thirds of the state and provide the raw material for Alabama’s second-largest manufacturing industry. Forestry provides a $27.7 billion total economic output to the state’s economy.

The Alabama Forestry Association is one of the largest state forestry associations in the country with membership that includes forest products manufacturers, landowners, loggers, wood dealers, foresters, consultants, and others involved in forestry. AFA is dedicated to protecting and improving the business, regulatory and legal environment for landowners and forest business owners to ensure the sustainable growth of Alabama’s forests and forest industry.

“Donnie has done a remarkable job defending the conservative principles that the people of his district value,” said AFA President and CEO Chris Isaacson. “He is committed to protecting and improving the business, legal and regulatory environment in our state for all Alabamians. We are proud to support him in his bid for reelection.”

Chesteen is a lifelong resident of Geneva County. He is a graduate of Troy University and is the former head football coach and athletic director at Geneva High School.

In 2010, he was elected to serve District 87 in the Alabama House of Representatives. After serving two terms in the House of Representatives, Chesteen was elected to represent District 29 in the Alabama Senate.

He is a member of the Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee, he also serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Education Policy Committee.

State Senate District 29 covers Dale, Geneva and Houston counties.

The Republican primary election is May 24, 2022.