Alabama Farmers Federation hires Chapman as political consultant

 FROM STAFF REPORTS

Alabama Farmers Federation announced July 8 the hiring of outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman as a political consultant, effective Aug. 1.

Federation President Jimmy Parnell said in a press release that Chapman’s knowledge, character and experience with the electoral process will serve the organization well.

“Beth is a friend of farmers and shares the values, goals and concerns of our members,” Parnell said. “She is respected for her integrity and citizenship. We look forward to working with Beth as the Federation supports candidates who will fight for Alabama families.”

Chapman is prohibited by law from seeking re-election to a third term as Secretary of State. She earlier announced plans to leave public office and pursue opportunities in the private sector.

Brian Hardin, director of the Federation’s Department of Governmental Affairs, said Chapman will serve as a contract employee in charge of research and campaign services.

“We are excited to have Beth on our team,” Hardin said in the press release. “As we prepare for the 2014 elections, Beth will help surface candidates, conduct research, organize grassroots activities and advise Federation-endorsed candidates on campaign strategies.”