The Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) announced another round of endorsements ahead of the 2022 major primaries on Friday.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed State Rep. Mike Jones for Alabama Senate District 40, which is in portions of Coffee, Covington, Dale and Pike counties.

“Rep. Mike Jones is an experienced and accessible leader in Montgomery who knows how to serve his constituents well,” said Steve Stroud, Pike County Farmers Federation president. “He is the kind of conservative voice we need in the Legislature representing our best interests.”

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the farmers of this district,” said Jones. “We share the same conservative values and strong work ethic, and I look forward to serving them and all the people of Senate District 31.”

Jones is presently the Rules Committee Chairman in the Alabama House of Representatives. He is a practicing attorney and a municipal judge in Andalusia.

Jones attended LBW Jr. College and received his bachelor’s degree in political science. He has a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Jones has also served on the Energy Council and the Alabama Law Institute Family Law Committee. He is involved in multiple civic and charitable organizations in his district.

Jones and his wife, Kathy Harper Jones, have two daughters. They attend First Baptist Church of Andalusia where Jones serves as a deacon.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Rep. Ralph Howard (D-Greensboro) for Alabama House District 72. HD72 covers all of Greene and Hale counties and portions of Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties.

“Rep. Ralph Howard has been a consistent voice for agriculture in the Legislature,” said Jim Lavender, Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation president. “We are proud to give him our support.”

“It is humbling to receive the endorsement of our farmers,” said Howard. “We share the same work ethic, and I look forward to working alongside them to serve the people of District 72.”

Howard is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Howard has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. He is a member of Friendship Lodge 228, the Alabama Democratic Conference, and the DAV.

Howard and his wife, Yolande, have three children. They attend Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed attorney Lance Bell in Alabama Senate District 11. SD11 includes portions of Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega counties.

“Lance Bell is a great candidate, and we are proud to support him in this race,” said John DeLoach, Shelby County Farmers Federation president. “He will do an outstanding job for us in Montgomery and make sure our concerns as farmers are addressed.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Farmers Federation endorsement in District 11,” said Bell. “They are conservative people of like mind, and I look forward to working with them.”

Lance Bell is a practicing attorney in Pell City. He formerly was employed as an assistant district attorney, and as a member of law enforcement.

Bell has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He received his law degree from the Birmingham School of Law. He is a graduate of Pell City High School.

Bell is a member of the Alabama Municipal Judges Association, Chair of the 3rd Congressional District State Executive Committee for the Alabama Republican Party, member of the Greater St. Clair Chamber of Commerce and more.

Bell and his wife, Holly Flemmons Bell, have two sons.

SD11 is open due to the pending retirement of State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville).

The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed Retired Colonel Dr. David Cole for Alabama House District 10. HD 10 is in Madison County. HB10 is open due to the retirement of incumbent Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison).

“It is an honor to endorse a decorated combat veteran who served our country,” said Charles Butler, Madison County Farmers Federation president. “We appreciate his service to our country and know that he will serve our district and state equally as well.”

“I look forward to working with the farmers of this district and all our citizens as we strive to move District 10 forward,” said Cole. “There are great things we can and will do to improve our government.”

Cole served in the Army for 22 years as an Army surgeon including tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He presently serves as Medical Director of Occupational Health Group.

Cole is a graduate of Arkansas State University and received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas.

Cole is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 25th Infantry Division Association and The Marine's Memorial Club. He is a member of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Alumni Association and has served in the Boy Scouts of America for two decades, as recent Scout Master of Troop 204 in Madison and the Madison County Boy Scout District Advancement Chair.

Cole and his wife, Melanie, have three children. They are members of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville and St. John the Baptist Church in Madison.

The major party primaries are on May 24.

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