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February 23, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
February 23, 2010

State Rep. Earl Hilliard Jr., formally received the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation on Monday in his bid for the seventh district congressional seat. From left, are Jefferson County Farmers Federation President Randy Gilmore, Rep. Hilliard and Greene County Farmers Federation President Dickie Odom Jr.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Federation formally announced its endorsement Monday of state Rep. Earl Hilliard, Jr., in his bid for the seventh congressional district, saying he was a candidate who concentrated on solving problems.

"The farmers of this district play a key role in putting food on Alabamians' tables, while also benefiting our local economies," Hilliard said in picking up his 28th endorsement for the seat currently held by Alabama gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Artur Davis. "It's important that I hear their concerns and hopes for the future, as well as discuss how we can continue working together when I'm in Congress to help them achieve their goals."

Greene County Farmers Federation President Dickie Odom, Jr., said that Hilliard's spirit of cooperation is what earned the Federation's endorsement. "He's able to put both sides together," said Odom. "He doesn't dwell on being a Democrat or a Republican -- he dwells on what's good for our state and our people. ... He knows how to cooperate, and we need cooperation in Washington."

The seventh congressional district encompasses the counties of Greene, Choctaw, Sumter, Marengo, Dallas, Wilcox, Perry and Hale, along with parts of Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Clarke and Pickens counties.

Hilliard, who was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2006, said that although many of the areas he represents as a state lawmaker are urban, he's learned much about the state's agricultural industry through his work on the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.

"Working on the agriculture committee has given me an opportunity to work on a lot of different issues that don't necessarily affect my district," said Hilliard. "A lot of times when you talk about farming or the Farmers Federation, people think only of farmers, but agriculture encompasses so much more."

An attorney and filmmaker, he graduated from Howard University School of Law and is the president of Magic City Films.

"Endorsements from organizations like the Farmers Federation today, and the many others that have joined our campaign, are encouraging because they are the voice of many citizens throughout the seventh district," said Hilliard.

For more information about Hilliard, visit HilliardForCongress.com.

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