By Brandon Moseley
The Alabama Farmers Federation announced another round of endorsements for the state legislature.
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed incumbent State Sen. Greg Reed (R). He represents District 5, which covers portions of Jefferson, Lamar, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.
“Greg Reed is a true statesman and a friend to farmers,” said Dr. Stevan Parsons, Jefferson County Farmers Federation president. “He has done an outstanding job for us in Montgomery, and we know he will continue to do great things.”
“I am deeply humbled to receive this endorsement from our district’s farmers and will work hard to represent them and all the citizens and businesses of Senate District 5,” said Reed. “It is a high honor to be recognized by the farming community.”
In 2021, Reed was unanimously elected by his peers in the Alabama Senate to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore, the most powerful position in the Alabama Senate.
Reed received his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Alabama.
The Alabama Farmers Federation also endorsed incumbent State Sen. Tom Whatley (R) for District 27, which covers Lee, Russell and Tallapoosa counties.
“Sen. Whatley knows the importance of agriculture in his district and our state, and he works hard to represent us in the Senate,” said Jamie Lazenby, Lee County Farmers Federation president. “He has been a senator who is able and accessible to the people of our district.”
“I am deeply humbled to receive this endorsement and will work hard to represent the farmers and all the citizens and businesses of Senate District 27,” said Whatley. “It is a true honor to serve the people of this district.”
Whatley is Chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Auburn University and his law degree from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. He also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Colonel and has been in the Alabama National Guard, Active Army or Reserve for over 32 years.
The Alabama Farmers Federation endorsed incumbent State Rep. Danny Garrett (R) for Alabama House District 44, which is in Jefferson County.
“Rep. Garrett is a strong conservative leader,” said Dr. Stevan Parsons, Jefferson County Farmers Federation president. “He knows the needs of the agricultural and business communities, and we know he will continue to do an excellent job for us in Montgomery and in District 44.”
“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of Alabama farmers,” said Garrett. “I will work hard for them and all the people and businesses of House District 44 to make it the best it can be.”
Garrett is Chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his master’s degree in tax accounting from the University of Alabama.
For most of his career, Garrett has served in senior and executive positions with international and national public companies. He retired as chief financial officer of Signature Homes.
The Alabama Farmers Federation endorsed incumbent State Rep. Joe Lovvorn (R) for Alabama House District 79 in Lee County.
“Joe Lovvorn is a business leader and education advocate who understands the needs of the people of this district,” said Jamie Lazenby, Lee County Farmers Federation president. “He is a conservative who will represent the needs of our district well in the Legislature, just as he has been doing in our community for years.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” said Lovvorn. “It will be my privilege to continue to take the voice of the farmers and the people of this district to Montgomery.”
Lovvorn received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. He is a business owner and a retired fire battalion chief.
The Alabama Farmers Federation endorsed incumbent State Sen. Dan Roberts (R) for Senate District 15, which covers portions of Jefferson and Shelby counties.
“Sen. Roberts is a good senator who is a strong conservative,” said John DeLoach, Shelby County Farmers Federation president. “He works as hard for us in Montgomery as he does at home.”
“It is my honor to receive the Alabama Farmers Federation endorsement,” said Roberts. “I am excited about continuing to represent the needs of my constituency in District 15.”
Roberts received his Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University. He is a small-business owner in Birmingham.
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.