As Alabama’s next Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, I will provide the leadership necessary for keeping the fair trade of Alabama’s products and for keeping our food safe.
I will emphasize promoting agriculture and industries in rural and small communities in addition to the larger communities. The result of this effort will be an overall increase in products for the state of Alabama, making it possible to promote and export Alabama’s products beyond our borders, nationally and internationally.
I grew up in the rural community of Peterman, Alabama, in Monroe County. After graduating from Monroe County High School, I attended Auburn University where I earned a BS in secondary mathematics. Later, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Mathematics from the University of West Alabama.
My interest in agriculture began when I was quite young by helping my grandfather with cattle, property maintenance, and equipment maintenance. After college, I worked as a mathematics teacher and later as a career technical teacher. Over the years, while teaching, I kept cows, dairy goats, and chickens on a small scale and still found time to coach my children and help manage the family’s farmland and timberland. Agriculture seems to be in my blood.
Besides a commitment for community and public service, I love hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities with my family. My daughter and I even enjoy scuba diving when we get a chance.
My wife, Alissa, and I have 3 sons, a daughter, and one grandchild. Jacob served in the Marines and is now a firefighter and a paramedic. Lee is a diesel mechanic. Cecily is a student at the University of Alabama majoring in chemistry and then plans to go to veterinary school. Trooper is a 10th grader at Robertsdale High School.
Please help me help Alabama move forward by electing me your next Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industry.