Chris West Announces Farmers For West Coalition

Government and Politics

August 5, 2022

Thomasville, GA -- On August 4, 2022, Chris West, the Republican nominee for Congress in Georgia’s 2nd District, rolled out his Farmers for West coalition that is being headed up by Gerald Long, immediate past President of Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia’s largest and most active Agriculture advocacy group. Long brings decades of experience, connections, and grassroots networking to Chris’ campaign as it continues to build incredible momentum with the agriculture community, farmers and producers in Southwest Georgia. Farmers are lining up to support Chris because 75-year-old Sanford Bishop has been in office for 30 years and has voted with Joe Biden 100 percent of the time, causing food, fuel and fertilizer prices to skyrocket. Additionally, when Republicans likely take control of the House next year, Bishop will have little input or say in the upcoming farm bill—which is set to be taken up after November’s election.

Gerald Long said, “I’m proud to be supporting Chris West for Congress and leading his Farmers for West coalition. As a farmer myself who has lived, worked and breathed this industry for over 50 years, I know firsthand how strong ag policy can help support our state’s number one industry—and I know Chris is just the man for the job. Sanford Bishop has voted with Joe Biden 100 percent of the time to cause our input costs as farmers to skyrocket, allowed the federal government to run rampant with burdensome regulations on our businesses, all while the family farm sees its lowest share of profit ever. Farmers in Southwest Georgia are coming off the sidelines to support Chris West—because it’s time to rotate the crop and put fresh new leadership in Washington to fight for us.”

Gerald Long is a third generation farmer from Southwest Georgia and served as Georgia Farm Bureau’s 12th president from January 2016 through Dec. 8, 2020. During his term, he was instrumental in GFB’s growth, including expanding research grant programs, the Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom, and securing funding for Georgia’s agriculture industry. He also guided the organization during the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and the onset of the pandemic. Long joined the Bureau’s State Board in 1999 as the 9th District director on the GFB Board of Directors and then went on to serve as the GFB South Georgia vice president before becoming GFB president.

To learn more about Chris’ campaign, visit his website at www.chriswestga.com, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.