By Brandon Moseley

The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) announced its endorsement of incumbent Republican Greg Reed, who is seeking reelection for State Senate District 5.

District 5 will now be covering all of Walker, Fayette and Lamar counties, as well as parts of Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties.

The Alabama Forestry Association is one of the largest state forestry associations in the country with a membership that includes forest products manufacturers, landowners, loggers, wood dealers, foresters, consultants, and others involved in forestry.

Chris Isaacson is AFA’s President & CEO. Isaacson said that he thinks highly of Reed.

“I have really been impressed with Greg’s leadership in the Alabama Senate,” Isaacson said. “He works very hard behind the scenes to build consensus among the entire body. Forestry is important to his district, and he understands our industry and recognizes the value we bring to the rural economy. We are pleased to support him.”

“It is an honor to receive this endorsement and I appreciate everything the Alabama Forestry Association does on behalf of our state," said Reed. “I look forward to continuing to serve in the Senate to support a brighter future for our state and to strengthen Alabama’s forest economy. The AFA is an important institution that represents the interests of thousands of hard-working Alabamians and I appreciate the productive partnership we have maintained over the years.”

Reed was elected Senate President Pro Tempore by the Senate with unanimous support in February, after former Senate Pro Tem. Del Marsh (R-Anniston) stepped down from that leadership role after 11 years.

Reed was first elected to the Alabama Senate in 2010 in the Republican wave election of 2010 that gave the GOP control of both bodies after 135 years of Democratic Party control.

The three most powerful positions in Alabama State government are: Governor, Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro Tem.

Reed was also recently endorsed by the Alabama Farmers Federation

The Republican primary election is on May 24, 2022.