The Alabama Federation of Farmers on Tuesday endorsed six statewide Republican candidates seeking re-election to the state House and Senate.
The group endorsed State Rep. Jamie Kiel, R-Russellville, for Alabama House District 18, which covers all of Franklin County and part of Colbert County. Kiel owns Kiel Equipment in Russellville and is a graduate of Northwest Shoals Community College and the University of North Alabama. Kiel sits on the board of the UNA Foundation.
“It is an honor to receive the endorsement from the Alabama Federation of Farmers,” Kiel said in a statement. “I am excited to continue representing the needs of our farmers and all of District 18 as well.”
Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs, received ALFA endorsement for Alabama House District 43 in Shelby County.
“Rep. Mooney is a hard-working rep who brings our voices and concerns to Montgomery,” John DeLoach, president of the Shelby County Farmers Federation, said in a statement. “He shares our values and work ethic, and we fully support.”
Mooney earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and political science from Samford University and is an associate broker at Southeast Commercial Partners.
“It is humbling to receive the endorsement of Alabama farmers,” Mooney said in a statement. “It is an honor to represent their needs and concerns in the Legislative Assembly because agriculture is such an important part of our state.”
ALFA has endorsed State Sen. Tom Butler, R-Madison, for Senate District 2, which covers all or parts of Limestone and Madison counties. Butler earned his BS in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Alabama and his Certificate in Medical Technology and Pharmacy from Auburn University.
“Being approved by our farmers in this district is always a compliment,” Butler said in a statement. “I look forward to being their spokesperson in the Senate.”
Representative Terri Collins, R-Decatur, received ALFA endorsement for House District 8 in Morgan County.
“Rep. Collins has been a tremendous attribute to the citizens of House 8 District,” Mark Byrd, president of the Morgan County Farmers Federation, said in a statement. “We know she will continue to represent the needs of our farmers. and of all the inhabitants of this district well in Montgomery.”
Collins holds an undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Alabama and spent 16 years in banking as vice president of marketing and sales before being elected to the House of Representatives. .
In the Alabama Senate District 6 race, ALFA endorsed Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia. He is the owner of Colbert OB/GYN.
“It is an honor to receive this endorsement and I will continue to work hard to represent the farmers and businesses in my district,” Stutts said in a statement. “It’s an honor to have the support of Alabama farmers.”
ALFA has endorsed Sen. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, for Senate District 14, which covers all of Bibb County and parts of Chilton and Shelby counties. Weaver earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration from the University of Alabama, her RN degree from Shelton State Community College, and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration from Independence University. She is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement from farmers in my district,” Weaver said in a statement. “I grew up in a farming family, I enjoy farming and I know the needs of the farmers in my district. I look forward to working with the Federation to continue to bring positive change to District 14.”