July 17, 2014
Alabama voters overwhelming supported Amendment 1 on the cotton checkoff in the July 15 primary runoff elections. Passage of the amendment means cotton farmers may hold a referendum vote on making participation in the cotton checkoff automatic.
“The Federation is extremely thankful for our farmers who worked hard to get the word out about the importance of the cotton checkoff and this amendment,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Cotton Division Director Carla Hornady. “Now we will focus our efforts on scheduling the referendum.”
The cotton checkoff supports research, educational and promotional activities.
Also in the primary runoff, the nine statewide and legislative candidates endorsed by the Federation won their races.
Republicans John Merrill for Secretary of State, Jim Zeigler for State Auditor, Tim Melson (SD 1), Greg Albritton (SD 22) and Clyde Chambliss (SD 30) won but will face challengers in the November general election.
Federation-endorsed candidates who won and are unopposed in the general election are Republicans Chip Beeker for Public Service Commission Seat 2, Shay Shelnutt (SD 17) and Arnold Mooney (HD 43) and Democrat Rep. Ralph Howard (HD 72).
In Congressional District 6, Federation-endorsed candidate Paul Demarco lost to Alabama Policy Institute co-founder Gary Palmer.