ProgressPAC Board of Directors Endorses Candidates in two Upcoming Special Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 15, 2020

Contact: Jean Elizabeth Miles | Phone: (334) 240-8729

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The board of directors for ProgressPAC, the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) political action committee, has endorsed two candidates vying for seats in the Alabama House of Representatives. ProgressPAC has endorsed Ben Robbins in the race to represent Alabama House District 33, a seat formerly represented by late Representative Ron Johnson, and Russell Bedsole in the race to represent Alabama House District 49, a seat left vacant by the resignation of Rep. April Weaver.

A seventh-generation resident of Talledega County, Ben Robbins currently works as a practicing attorney in Sylacauga where he is an active member of the community. Robbins serves in numerous capacities throughout the area, including Co-President of Leadership Sylacauga, Past-President of the Talladega Rotary Club, and Board Member with Habitat for Humanity.

Russell Bedsole is a resident of Alabaster, where he has worked in law enforcement since 1999, currently serving as a Captain in the Shelby County Sherrif’s Office. Bedsole also serves on the City of Alabaster City Council, Ward 5, and is an active member of Leadership Shelby County, board of directors, and his local church.

“Ben Robbins and Russell Bedsole are dedicated to serving the people of our state. They support a strong educational system, improving infrastructure, and encouraging economic development throughout Alabama,” said Gary Smith, ProgressPAC board of directors chairman. “They believe in the business community and the jobs it creates. ProgressPAC is proud to endorse these candidates in their upcoming elections.”

The Alabama House District 33 republican special primary election is scheduled for October 6, 2020, with the general election scheduled for January 19, 2021.

The Alabama House District 49 special election will take place on November 17, 2020.

The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan, statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.