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FarmPAC endorses Stewart in chief justice race

Alabama Farmers Federation’s FarmPAC Tuesday announced another round of 2024 judicial endorsements.

One of the largest PACs in the state, FarmPac gave its approval to Republicans Sarah Stewart, candidate for Alabama Chief Justice, and Thomas Govan, candidate for Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2.

Stewart, a current Supreme Court justice, is running against fellow Republican Bryan Taylor, a former state senator, to succeed Chief Justice Tom Park. Because of his age, Parker by law cannot seek reelection next year.

Stewart announced her candidacy in January and Taylor entered the race in June. 

Taking in nearly $436,000 in donations, Stewart has outraised Taylor about 20 to 1, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Govan is the chief of the Criminal Trials Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He and Rich Anderson, an appellate prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office, are running for an open seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals. 

“Our endorsements are recommended by county presidents or their representatives from all 67 Alabama counties, along with our state board of directors,” Federation President Jimmy Parnell said in a written statement. “These candidates have spent months traveling the state to meet with county Farmers Federations and individual members. This process not only speaks to the influence of the Alabama Farmers Federation but also a process that ensures elected officials understand the issues facing their constituents.”

The PAC has previously endorsed nine other Republican judicial candidates:

  • Chris McCool, Alabama Supreme Court, Place 1 
  • Tommy Bryan, Alabama Supreme Court, Place 2
  • Will Sellers, Alabama Supreme Court, Place 3 
  • Jay Mitchell, Alabama Supreme Court, Place 4 
  • Christy Edwards, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, Place 1 
  • Chad Hanson, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, Place 2 
  • Terry Moore, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, Place 3 
  • Richard Minor, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1 
  • Bill Cole, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 

The federation also endorsed Twinkle Cavanaugh, who is seeking reelection as president of the Alabama Public Service Commission.

The endorsements are good through the 2024 election cycle, which starts with primaries on March 5 and ends with the general election Nov. 8, the PAC said.

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