The Alabama Farmers’ Federation (ALFA) magazine "Neighbors" hit member mailboxes Tuesday, a week before Alabama’s March 5 primary election. 

In addition to the usual articles about farm interests, it contained the list and photos of candidates endorsed by ALFA’s “FarmPAC.”  That voter guide is also on ALFA’s website here.

In Republican statewide races, FarmPac endorsed these candidates [Incumbents are denoted with (I)]:

President of the Public Service Commission: Twinkle Cavanaugh (I)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Sarah Stewart

Civil Appeals Court: Chad Hanson (I)

Criminal Appeals Court: Thomas Govan

In congressional races, they endorsed:

AL-1:  No endorsement.

AL-2: Caroleene Dobson

AL-3: Mike Rogers (I)

AL-4: Robert B. Aderholt (I)

AL-5: Gary Palmer (I)

AL-6: No endorsement

AL-7: No endorsement

In two contested races for State School Board districts with no incumbents running, they endorsed:

D-3:  Kelly Mooney

D-7:  Allen Long

There is one statewide proposed constitutional amendment on the March 5 ballot. ALFA announced a neutral position on it. (If a voter does not vote on the amendment, it will not affect the validity of the remaining ballot choices.)

Amendment One would remove the legislative requirement for a Budget Isolation Resolution to pass by a 60% majority prior to any local measure being voted on. For general bills, the requirement would remain.

SEE: Constitutional Amendment One on March 5 ballot explained

ALFA has over 340,000 members and is the largest farm organization in Alabama. The ALFA endorsement is highly sought-after by political candidates. ALFA’s official explanation of the voter guide is included in the magazine and the website.

"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways."   — President John F. Kennedy

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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