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Alabama Grocers Honor Rep. DeMarco For ‘Buy Alabama’s Best’ Advocacy

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Alabama House Rep. Paul DeMarco (District 46) received the Alabama Grocers Association (AGA) Spirit of Alabama Award at the Alabama Grocers Association Annual Convention in Sandestin, Fla., in July.

AGA President Ellie Smotherman Taylor presented the honor to DeMarco for his “support in promoting positive and effective legislation for the food industry and for his support of the Buy Alabama’s Best Campaign to promote products made, manufactured and processed in the state of Alabama,” AGA said.

DeMarco said he was honored to receive the award, noting that “the grocers of our state have an important impact on our economy and communities.”

DeMarco has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2005 and currently chairs the Judiciary Committee. He has been instrumental in his support of grocery industry legislation, including the Commonsense Consumption Act, worker’s compensation reform and continues to fight for the “Taxpayers Bill of Rights,” which would create an independent agency to resolve disputes between the Alabama Department of Revenue and Alabama taxpayers.

“He worked side by side with the AGA and the Alabama Department of Human Resources to expand SNAP issuance dates in Alabama which will allow stores to maintain adequate inventory of all products, especially perishables and allows for better customer service with consistent and sufficient scheduling of staff,” said Taylor.

DeMarco attends Buy Alabama’s Best Campaign events and works to promote Alabama products not only in his district but throughout the state of Alabama, AGA added.

The association’s Spirit of Alabama award was established in 2006 to honor those who support the association and have commitment to the state’s food industry.

AGA has more than 125 retail members operating nearly 1,000 stores nationwide, as well as more than 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members.

In the featured photo at top: Alabama Grocers Association President Ellie Smotherman Taylor presents the Spirit of Alabama Award to Rep. Paul DeMarco.




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