By Brandon Moseley
The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed more sitting members of the legislature for re-election in the coming 2022 election.
State Sen. Donnie Chesteen (R) for Senate District 29, which covers all or portions of Dale, Geneva and Houston counties
State Rep. Ben Robbins (R) for House District 33, which includes portions of Coosa and Talledega counties
State Rep. Andy Whitt (R) for House District 6, which includes portions of Limestone and Madison counties
State Sen. Gerald Allen (R) for Senate District 21, which includes portions of Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties
State Rep. Corey Harbison (R) for House District 12, which is in Cullman County
Regarding Sen. Chesteen:
“Sen. Chesteen has done an outstanding job in the Senate,” said Chris Carroll, Dale County Farmers Federation president. “He is plugged into the agricultural community and will continue to represent our needs in Montgomery.”
“It is an honor to receive this endorsement from the Farmers Federation,” said Chesteen. “I am excited about continuing to represent the needs of our farmers and all my constituents in District 29.”
Chesteen is the former head football coach and athletic director for Geneva High School. He is a retired pharmaceutical sales representative for Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has a bachelor’s degree from Troy University.
Chesteen serves on the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, as well as being a past member of Geneva Rotary Club.
Regarding Rep. Robbins:
“Rep. Robbins works hard to represent the people of Coosa County,” said Ricky Cardwell, Coosa County Farmers Federation president. “He is accessible and qualified to get the job done.”
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the farmers of this district,” Robbins said. “I know their needs and their issues well and will continue to work with them on both.”
Robbins is a practicing attorney. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Samford University and his master’s degree in history from Mississippi State University. He received his law degree from St. Thomas University.
Regarding Rep. Whitt:
“Rep. Whitt cares about the farmers and constituents of his district,” said Charles Butler, Madison County Farmers Federation president. “He is accessible and experienced in representing business interests, too. Those are some of the reasons we are endorsing him.”
“It honors me to have the Alabama farmers endorse me,” said Whitt. “I have enjoyed representing them in the past and will do so in the future.”
Whitt is a lifelong resident and eighth-generation Madison Countian and is the Senior Vice President of First National Bank. He attended Calhoun Community College and Louisiana State University.
He is a member of Huntsville Rotary Club, the Sparkman High School Hall of Fame and the University of North Alabama Foundation Board. Additionally, Whitt is a Paul Harris Fellow and former volunteer firefighter.
Regarding Sen. Allen:
“Sen. Allen has always had an interest in agriculture in his district, and he has taken that interest with him to Montgomery to best represent us,” said Jim Lavender, Tuscaloosa Farmers Federation County president. “We need his continued conservative voice in the Legislature.”
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Alabama’s farmers,” said Allen. “It is an honor to carry their voices to Montgomery through the legislative process.”
Allen is a small businessman who owns and operates CASHCO Marketing. Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alabama. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served in the House of Representatives.
Regarding Rep. Harbison:
“Rep. Harbison has been accessible to us,” said Ben Haynes, Cullman County Farmers Federation president. “We look forward to working with him over the next four years to improve Cullman County.”
“It is extremely humbling to have the endorsement of such honest and hard-working people,” said Harbison. “I will continue to work hard to support their issues.”
Harbison is the former mayor of Good Hope.
The Republican primary is May 24, 2022.
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