With more than 357,000 member families, Alabama’s largest farm organization has thrown its support behind Sen. Luther Strange for the upcoming U.S. Senate special election.
FarmPAC, a political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA), announced their endorsement on Monday.
“Sen. Strange has proven his commitment to Alabama farmers and forest owners by seeking and securing appointment to the Agriculture Committee and continuing the fight against regulatory overreach,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “Alabama farmers have enjoyed a close working relationship with Sen. Strange, and we look forward to helping him address the needs of rural Alabama as a U.S. senator.”
For nearly 100 years, the 96-year old organization has served as a representative voice for farmers across the Yellowhammer State at the Statehouse in Montgomery and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Strange said it is an honor to receive the ALFA endorsement.
“It’s an honor to receive this endorsement from Alabama Farmers Federation and the Alabamians they represent,” said Strange. “These are the hard-working people who clothe us and feed us, create jobs in our communities, and keep our economy thriving. It’s a privilege to be their voice in Washington as I serve on the Agriculture Committee, and I look forward to continuing to defend their rights against federal overreach as we roll-back the job-destroying red tape from the Obama administration.”
Strange finds himself in a crowded field vying to be elected to the seat former-Gov. Robert Bentley appointed him to earlier this year.
He faces ten Republican opponents also seeking the GOP nomination. They include: James Beretta, Joseph Breault, Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Dom Gentile, Karen Haiden Jackson, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples and Trip Pittman. Eight Democrats are also seeking their party’s nomination.
The primary will take place on August 15, 2017. If necessary, runoffs will be held on September 26, and the special election will be December 12.