Dorman Grace, Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, recently completed a four-day announcement tour of the state. Starting with an official announcement of candidacy in his hometown of Jasper, Grace completed his eight-city swing with a stop in Mobile.
“I’m a third-generation family farmer and conservative Republican, not a career politician. I understand that government spending is out of control. I’ll use my 30 years’ experience as a successful agri-businessman to reduce spending, cut regulations, protect our food supply, and create new jobs in the agricultural industry,” said Grace.
Grace’s plan for creating jobs includes promoting new crops which can be used in alternative fuels and encouraging processing facilities to locate in Alabama. Boosting fruit and vegetable production leading to new farm jobs and jobs at production facilities would be advantageous to farmers but also to consumers who wish to purchase locally grown products.
“As Commissioner, I’ll make the department work for farmers and small businesses by cutting regulations and red tape. I’ll protect our farms, wildlife, environment, rural areas, small towns and Alabama way of life,” remarked Grace.
With roots deep in Alabama, not politics, Grace is a former Director and past President of the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association. The Grace family was named “Alabama Poultry and Egg Association Farm Family of the Year” in 1990 and 2009.
Grace incorporates environmental best practices on his farm leading to multiple conservation awards from the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) and the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts. He was named the AWF’s “Water Conservationist of the Year” in 1999.
Grace’s candidacy is endorsed by the Alabama Farmers Federation. He lives on his Walker County farm with his wife, Susan, and two sons. The Grace family farms poultry, cattle and timber.