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Wednesday Alabama Farmers Federation congratulated endorsed candidates on hard-fought victories in Tuesday’s general election. Of 153 candidates recommended for endorsement by the organization’s grassroots leaders, 151 were elected or re-elected.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell said Tuesday’s results show voters want elected officials who listen to their constituents and offer common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the state and nation.
“From the top of the ticket to the bottom, successful candidates got out of Montgomery and Washington and spent time with real people,” Parnell said. “Despite being one of the most popular governors in America, Gov. Kay Ivey crisscrossed the state announcing the creation of jobs. Katie Britt energized Federation members by traveling thousands of miles to meet with them on their farms and at county meetings. Greg Cook overcame almost nonexistent name recognition to earn a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court by meeting voters face to face, and Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate won a second term by putting boots on the ground and responding to the needs of farmers.”
Parnell said the 2022 election cycle demonstrated the value of the Federation’s support.
“The relationships cultivated by these candidates and others served them well on Election Day and will continue during their time in office,” he said. “We look forward to keeping the lines of communication open as these public servants listen to our members’ concerns and hear feedback about how government action impacts our families and farms.”
In Alabama, voters approved the recompiled Constitution of Alabama of 2022 and all 10 statewide amendments, including Amendment 10, which preserves legal decisions based on the previous 1901 Alabama Constitution. Baldwin County voters overwhelmingly rejected a local referendum that would have given the county commission broad authority to enact ordinances in rural areas.
At the national level, the balance of power in Congress was still in question Wednesday morning. Republicans were expected to regain a majority in the House of Representatives with control of the Senate potentially not decided until a December runoff.