By Jeff Helms
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 6 — Alabama Farmers Federation members celebrated Tuesday night as 161 of 163 FarmPAC-endorsed candidates won election in statewide and legislative races.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the results are an endorsement of conservative policies that have resulted in job growth, regulatory reform and record unemployment.
“Tonight was a good night for Alabama farmers, families and businesses,” said Parnell. “Voters sent a strong message in support of economic growth, accountable government and family values. We congratulate the winners and thank all the candidates who offered themselves for public service. We look forward to working with the governor, Alabama Legislature and all elected officials to continue moving our state forward.”
Voters rewarded Gov. Kay Ivey for positive job numbers and restoring confidence in state government with an early victory. National media outlets called the race for Ivey about an hour after the polls closed.
Republicans won all statewide constitutional offices including Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, Attorney General Steve Marshall, Secretary of State John Merrill, State Auditor Jim Zeigler and Public Service Commissioners Jeremy Oden and Chip Beeker. State Treasurer John McMillan and Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate were unopposed in the general election.
FarmPAC-endorsed candidates also were victorious in contested judicial races including Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker and Supreme Court Justice, Place 4, Jay Mitchell. All seven Alabama congressmen supported by the Federation were re-elected, and 133 of 135 endorsed candidates won their races for Alabama Legislature.
“We appreciate Federation members identifying and campaigning to elect candidates who support our policies and share our values,” Parnell said. “This was truly a grassroots effort and shows the Federation understands the issues important to the people of Alabama.”
The Federation recommended a “yes” vote on three of four statewide constitutional amendments, and all three passed. Amendment 1 allows public display of the Ten Commandments; Amendment 2 affirms the rights of unborn children; and Amendment 4 will reduce expenses associated with late-term special elections for legislative seats.